mightysparks wrote: ↑November 3rd, 2020, 3:57 am
blocho wrote: ↑November 3rd, 2020, 12:33 am
I have a hot take for you all: The Graduate is an average movie.
OK ... OK ... not trying to start any fights here. How about a question instead so that I can gain understanding from others: Why do you love The Graduate?
It wasn't actually supposed to still be in my list, woops. I LOVED it the first time I saw it, but the last time I rewatched it I thought it was just ok. I used to find it funny and dynamic, enjoyed Hoffman's character/acting and the soundtrack. Last time I didn't laugh once and actually cringed a few times.
For me it works in exactly the opposite way. I watched it first time 15 years ago and it was... OK (classical 6/10). Then i watched it again two month ago because it was available on amazon prime and now i find it realy great.
Beside "Bonnie & Clyde" it stays for the beginning of New Hollywood, but in another them:
Bonnie & Clyde is the example for the change in showing violence in an american film.
The Graduate is the example for the change in showing moral ideas in an american film.
It takes the great conflict between two generations and questions the established socal values. So imO it doesn't want to be funny, it's more a typical drama.
Another two pros Mightysparks already mentioned are the acting of Dustin Hoffman and the phenomenal great soundtrack.
Two close my post I will end with the end of the film, so SPOILER!
This two minutes show perfectly the premise of the film, when all the people in the bus starring on the two happy young fellas. But it's in the same time no classical hollywood happy end. Because after the first adrenaline over the successful "escape" is gone, a kind of disillusionment starting and makes the smile of the two disappear. And the bus drives into an uncertain future: