Weir --- a wonderful talent
Peter weir knows how to make a truly beautiful film -- this film's appeal is almost as simple as that. dead poets society tells the story of john keating (robin williams), an english teacher at a private school in 1950s new england who encourages his students to seize the day --- carpe diem. i never did appreciate williams much as a comic actor, but in his straight roles i have found him to be an exceptional actor, and dead poets is certainly among his finest. ethan hawke and robert sean leonard are also outstanding as two of the vulnerable young students he inspires. weir films in his usual, mesmerizing way that seems to bring out the beauty in everything. the delaware locations are the ideal backdrop for his characteristic juxtapositioning of human constraints and the childlike innocence of nature. this is a film that really does challenge us to live, and move us to seize the moment. i can overlook the occasional brief lapse into sentimentality that seeps through into an otherwise convincing, inspiring and utterly unforgettable celebration of life.