My friend told me that my appreciation of films would be lacking had I not seen this film and I can honestly say he was right. The acting, plot, screenplay…all staggeringly amazing. Not only that, but the theme behind it and the Simon and Garfunkel to back it up…a must see and a new favorite of mine.
With its "existentialist" concerns, its depiction of a dispassionate search for love, its emotionally detached college graduates, and a party scene early on in the narrative that sets events in motion, this is both thematically and structurally very much like a present day mumblecore film. Proto-mumblecore... I'm starting to really dislike this already...
I've seen it so many times I basically know it by heart so now when I watch it I just cry about how much I need all the dresses Mrs Robinson wears because they are fabulous
I don't get the love for this film. Cinematography is wonderful at times, yes. S&G are fine, if too repetitive. Some of the actors are perfect. But Dustin Hoffman is not one of them. He is so incredibly unbelievable, his recitation so false, I thought I was watching a B movie. As for his character, he becomes a lunatic stalker; it is not cute and romantic, it is uncomfortable and disturbing. The second half fails.
An exemplary film of the New Hollywood style, "The Graduate" shows how great acting and seamless visual storytelling can overcome a somewhat scattershot screenplay. To be honest, the film slightly loses its way for me after Benjamin leaves for Berkley - and the less said about Simon & Garfunkel, the better. Regardless, the first act is note-perfect and throughout most of the movie director Mike Nichols maintains a careful balancing act between comedy and real drama. The ending seems to me like a prototype for Wes Anderson's tales of young lovers against the world.
Good shots and editing, Dustin Hoffman is great at playing naive. I know plenty of guys who are just like him.
I have no words. This is one of the greatest movies of all time. Actors are perfect, dialogue is brilliant, filmography is ahead of its time... The quirky ending is a conversation starter, too. My ONLY criticism is that the last quarter of the film drags a bit, with a little too much Simon and Garfunkle.
Did it lose the plot, or was it just me? The first half, give or take, felt just...creepy. The movie constantly hinted at extremely dark themes; rape, quasi-insest, an all pervasive sense of darkness and wrongness in almost every character's actions. Then...something akin to a slapstick road trip movie. I'm confused by what this movie was trying to say. Probably wouldn't watch it again.