Sunday, 2 May 2010

(500) Films of Empire - Day 227

62 - The Graduate - 4 stars
"Mrs Robinson, you are trying to seduce me. Aren't you?"
Ah, Mrs Robinson, the original MILF!
Benjamin Braddock goes from young, fumbling virgin in the initial seduction (laughed so much at the impromptu breast grabbing) to cocksure loverboy over the course of a fantastic montage.
The fantasy scenario of bedding mother and daughter soon turns into a nightmare for Benjamin when the truth is outed. Although nice to see Murray Hamilton aka Mr Robinson get his commupence for keeping the beach open in Jaws!
Then there is the ambigious final shot of Benjamin and Elaine on the bus after they have run away from the wedding. Their initial joy and exuberance gives way to doubt and insecurity about what they have done and what the future holds, all in one single shot. But am I only noticing this due to its importance in the film (500) Days of Summer?
I also had the strangest urge to watch Wayne's World 2 after viewing this film.
Trivia: I'd never noticed before that Hoffman's dad is played by the voice of KITT in Knight Rider.

Days remaining - 138 Fims remaining - 167

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