THE GRADUATE: 40TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION
MOVIE: ** (out of 5)
DVD EXPERIENCE: **** (out of 5)
Anne Bancroft as MRS. ROBINSON
Dustin Hoffman as BENJAMIN BRADDOCK
Katharine Ross as ELAINE ROBINSON
Created by: Mike Nichols
BY KEVIN CARR
Let me preface this review by saying that until I watched this particular DVD, I had never seen “The Graduate.” I know that doesn’t speak well to my self-proclaimed position as a film expert, but it’s the truth. However, it does give me a unique perspective among film critics in that I’m viewing it as an adult in my mid-30s rather than a young college graduate in my early 20s.
In this respect, I found the story somewhat pointless. I can get into the fantasy of being shown the sexual ropes by an older seductress, but I never saw where the aimlessness and disconnection of the characters come from. No having grown up in the 60s, I came to age outside of the encroaching hippie culture that whined about “finding themselves.” Instead, I’m looking at this film as an adult, and I couldn’t get past the fact what a tool Benjamin Braddock was.
From a filmmaking standpoint, I respect this movie. The filmmaking techniques, while tired today, were innovative and fresh. It’s an impeccably shot film, and the acting is top notch. Fans of the film will want to snatch up this 40th anniversary set. It includes a short-list CD that includes Simon & Garfunkle’s memorable songs (which sound great but make no sense in the context of the film, actually).
The DVD comes with two audio commentaries featuring Dustin Hoffman, Katharine Ross, Mike Nichols and Steven Soderbergh. There’s also three retrospectives culled from the 25th anniversary release. The features are rounded out with the film’s trailers.