The Graduate - Mike Nichols, 1967
I had high expectations for this classic (I love Nichols' Closer and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?). For the first half hour or so I was enthralled – Mrs. Robinson was dynamite, the dialogue was snappy and there were some great little scenes (through-the-leg shot was cool and I liked the one where the camera is in the bedroom watching Ben fumbling on the stairs, begging him to return to the bedroom). Their vapid relationship was set-up fantastically and was a great precursor to the necessary confrontation: “we’re going to have a conversation.” Angst creeps in, things are uneasy, how will this develop? Well ... it doesn’t, it just stops dead. Mrs. Robinson (the only interesting character) just disappears, the boring daughter comes in and consequently the movie just dies. With the departure of Mrs. Robinson, nobody says anything interesting and we are stuck watching a bunch of insipid fools. I don’t understand how something so good can go so bad. First 30 minutes: 9/10. The rest: 3/10.
I felt the same way, couldn't stand this movie either time I watched it. I was especially irked at how the direction decides to punish Mrs. Robinson as the movie goes along, the only character in the whole movie who is really alive and willing to feel and the writing/direction treat her like she's Satan and needs to die. I also couldn't stand Hoffman's character from the get-go, just not a movie for me I guess.
I'm glad that others are seeing the light.
I found the whole thing to be a bit of a head scratcher too. But on the good side I finally understood like three Simpsons references. So there's something
I'm shocked and appalled. Its my favorite film.
I'm a little shocked to. I think it's an A+ film, and I thought lots of you people agreed.
It did make our top 100 so obviouly there's a lot of people that agree with you, I just don't happen to be among them.
Then again, I'm not a big Hoffman fan either.