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Sunday, June 05, 2005

The Graduate

I watched The Graduate last night.

It's been on my to do list for a while.

See, it's my mum's all-time favourite film. Having watched my my dad's all-time favourite film a couple of years back, it seemed only fair to also watch my mum's.

So I did.

What did I think of it? I'm not really sure. I didn't quite feel I "got it". Maybe it's too of the time for me to be able to?

Having to accept the voice of Knight Rider and teacher from Boy Meets World as Dustin Hoffman's father proved to be especially difficult.

So my favourite film of all time remains the same: it's Big. I'm a little embarrassed to say it, and my inability to enjoy old films means I'm really in no position to declare it to be my favourite film of "all time", but what the heck. Big rules.

4 Comments:

  • At 7:46 AM, Blogger Brad said…

    Hey there, I found your blog. It's me Brad (OCD guy). The Graduate is one of my very favorite movies. It blends teenage fantasy with adult nastalgia and puts in all in action with some groovy tunes. Big was OK, but The Graduate is in my top 10 list. I watched Gone with the wind today. Brilliant movie. My favs all time are:
    1 - Apoclypse Now
    2 - Forrest Gump
    3 - Godfather I & II
    4 - Unforgiven
    5 - Pulp Fiction

     
  • At 1:36 PM, Blogger McReadie said…

    Hey Brad,

    Good to hear from you - how's things? Hope the OCD isn't proving too bad for you at the moment.

    Groovy tunes - yeah, you're of course right. I meant to mention that in the post. Did love the music, cos I love Simon and Garfunkel.

    I'm kinda ashamed to admit that I've only seen one of the films on your top five list all the way through...

     
  • At 4:05 PM, Blogger Fizzwhizz said…

    I love the Graduate. The thing is, it's a very serious film about what it's like to be a human being at various stages of life, but because it's been so widely parodied and quoted, people tend to talk about it as some kind of light-hearted bedroom farce or something. So when I watched it for the first time I was a bit confused and nonplussed, and I think that might be coming into play with you a bit too?
    There's a lot of long silences and stuff and shots of Hoffman thinking, which nowadays would probably have some cheesy voice over just so the peole in the cheap seats don't have to use their imaginations as to what's going on in the characters' heads.
    Remember, even though everyone thinks of it as a Dustin Hoffman film, Anne Bancroft gets first billing; Mrs Robinson is a very important character. And interesting I think. And doesn't she look fab, of course.

     
  • At 6:19 PM, Blogger McReadie said…

    Hey Fizzwhizz,

    "So when I watched it for the first time I was a bit confused and nonplussed, and I think that might be coming into play with you a bit too?"

    Exactly. It's not that I didn't enjoy it as such, I just felt I didn't quite... well, yeah, "get it".

    You're definitely right that having seen it so widely parodied affected the attitude I went into it with - I did indeed expect to see something closer to farce, and was surprised by how serious it was.

    But I think also that I perhaps am too much stuck in the here and now, and so found it difficult to relate to in places. For instance, I was kinda thinking to myself "well, who the hell cares what Mrs Robinson thinks, just run off with the daughter". And the concept of the daughter being expected to marry, and of Ben being expected to take her out, just wasn't something which clicked immediately with me. Perhaps I went in with the wrong mindset, and need to bear in mind it's a reflection of the time at which it came out. Although I did find it interesting to see how my attitudes reflected how social thinking has changed...

    And perhaps I am too used to being guided like a sheep when it comes to what to think. For example, I was kinda there thinking: "Well why is Mrs Robinson being such a bitch? Why isn't Ben good enough for her daughter?" when of course the reality is that there are lots of possible answers to that question, and that I guess the audience is given room to answer it for themselves.

    Yeah, I was surprised to see Anne Bancroft got top billing. The concept that Dustin Hoffman was unknown when it came out is tough to grasp.

    So, you're quite right. "Nonplussed" is definitely the best description of how I felt after watching it. But, interestingly, after reflecting on it - and after reading reflections on it - I do think I'll watch it again at some stage.

    I still love Big, though :)

     

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