Dead Poet’s Society

Peter Weir

Calling this movie inspirational is an understatement. Robin Williams’ brilliant portrayal of the freethinking mentor Peter Keating and his emphasis on the uplifting philosophy carpe diem can in fact change the lives of viewers. This high-school drama set in an elite prep school portrays the lives of adolescent teenagers stifled by the pressure of a demanding society and how their English teacher changes their attitude towards life with a tryst with poetry. The climactic scene, in which the whole class stands up on the bench chanting ‘O Captain, My Captain’, to send off their mentor, can melt hearts.