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The Graduate Review

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The Graduate is a 1967 coming-of-age comedy film directed by Mike Nichols starring Dustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft, and Katharine Ross, and I love it. It's a film that really has stood the test of time, holding universal messages that apply to anyone and everyone, as well as commentary on modern society and consumerism that still holds up. The movie is undeniably a classic, being one of the most beloved American films ever made, so that's not up for debate.  

  However, what still is is the quality of the film, which I would argue is phenomenal. There;'s a reason this movie is still being studied more than 50 years later, for more than just its themes and commentary; The Graduate is an exceptionally well-made movie on a technical level, boasting some of the finest editing and cinematography I've ever seen in a movie. The combination of those two factors allows for some mind-blowing visual story-telling that doesn't have to be explained to the audience, and rather is left to the viewer's intelligence, and at the same time, is quite simple to interpret. One of my favorite scenes of visual storytelling is the scuba diving scene, seen below.

  The Graduate does go deeper than that with its visual storytelling, however; beyond the surface level stuff such as passage of time and reflections of the protagonist's mood, there are a lot of subtleties hidden in small details that may be hard to miss that not only reflect the main character, but also those around him.

  Of course, another reason the visual storytelling works so well are the incredibly nuanced and unmistakable performances. Dustin Hoffman is iconic in his breakthrough role as Benjamin Braddock, and for good reason; he embodies the shy and anxious character perfectly. I couldn't imagine anyone else playing Braddock, and that goes for the two other leads as well; Anne Bancroft as Mrs. Robinson, and Katharine Ross as Elaine. The three of them are all fantastic, and hilariously comedic, in their roles and they play off each other very well and believably. There are a lot of blink-and-you'll-miss-them moments in their performances, so pay attention when watching the movie for small things like that.

  Visual storytelling isn't all The Graduate has going for it; the screenplay by Buck Henry and Calder Willingham is intelligent and interesting, and makes everything come together. Without a good script, a movie isn't much, and thankfully, this film delivers.

The last thing I'd like to mention is the use of music. Not only does the music in the film composed by Simon and Garfunkel fit perfectly in every scene it's in, but the popularity of the film helped make the songs used in it iconic and propelled Simon and Garfunkel to higher fame, introducing them and their music to a far wider audience. The spotlight of the soundtrack is, of course, Sound of Silence, but the rest of the music is pretty fantastic as well, and I'd recommend giving it a listen.

  In conclusion, The Graduate is a classic film that has truly stood the test of time in my eyes, and is a must-watch for anybody. The combination of a great script, score, cinematography, editing, acting, and directing makes for an enjoyable and thought-provoking film, and it's most definitely going to keep its place in film history. It's also readily available for viewing as well, being on U.S. Netflix. It's only rated PG, so most people can check it out without any trouble. I highly recommend The Graduate, and I'd give it a 10/10.
CreditEveryone who worked on The Graduate

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