Thursday, July 11, 2013

EW's Top 100: My take on No. 33, "The Graduate"

Welcome to "EW's Top 100", my mission to conquer the lists of top 100 movies/books/music albums that Entertainment Weekly released in July 2013. To see the full list, click here. Today, I'll be featuring #33, The Graduate.

If you haven't seen The Graduate, here's a quick rundown of cast & plot (no spoilers):

-It stars Dustin Hoffman as Benjamin Braddock, Anne Bancroft as Mrs. Robinson, and Katharine Ross as Elaine Robinson (the main characters).
-The soundtrack is one of my all-time favorites, done by Simon and Garfunkel. It also opens with my favorite song of theirs, The Sound of Silence.
-Basically, it's about Hoffman, who's just graduated from college and has no idea what to do with his future, so he begins an affair with a family friend, Mrs. Robinson while also growing closer with her daughter, Elaine.

What I really loved about this movie was how realistic it was-Dustin Hoffman was just as awkward and confused as I thought he would be, and Anne Bancroft was just as alluring and corrupting as she should be.

One of my favorite scenes was when Benjamin celebrates his 21st birthday by wearing a scuba diving suit in the deep end of his backyard swimming pool and all you hear is his Darth Vader-esque breathing. It's a very striking moment where you really feel the inner turmoil that Dustin Hoffman's character is going through, wondering what his future is going to be.

The film was also wonderfully directed by Mike Nichols-it had some really beautiful scenes of Dustin Hoffman floating in the pool, and it was overall cut really well. Pretty good drama if you're a fan of 60's films!

Here's what I thought overall: 8.5/10
What it's rated on IMDB: 8.1/10

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  1. Wow, I really like your blog. Nice post! I think I will be here more often :)

    1. Thank you so much! Definitely comment if you do(:

  2. i hsvent seen it yet - must rent it tonight x


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