Best film ever made not close ;)
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.
My rate: 70% - The first half of the film are quite funny and holds my attention and then changes its tone on the second half where the film builds to a kind of climactic moment (however that are sometimes a bit draggy) that leads to a knockout ambiguous final image. I loved the examined and satirized mood of the sixties in this film.
i still can't believe this movie was made in 1967....pertamanya cuman mau ngeberi 4 stars,paruh2 awal film keren banget,khas comedy romance begitu,tapi pas ujung2 film,asli The Moment of the truthnya keren banget,dah kyk zombie massarce di gereja,wkwkwkwk,jadilah mencungul 5 stars.,..Tante Robinson....situ pengen ngeho-ohin ane ya?
Probably the best coming-of-age movie I've ever seen. In a way, Dustin Hoffman's character seems to parallel the state that Hollywood was in at the time of the film's conception: neither had any idea where it was going and was trying something new instead.