Starring: Robin Williams, Ethan Hawke, Robert Sean Howard, Josh Charles
This movie was on my “to watch” list for a while before I finally jumped into it, and I wish I had watched it sooner. I can’t remember a date, but I recall it being after Williams’ passing in 2014, making the film even more bitter sweet to watch following the plot.
The film follows a student, Todd Anderson (Ethan Hawke), as he enrolls into an all male prep school, known for its prestigious and challenging nature. Students are expected to continue to Ivy Leagues and succeed, by their families and professors. Anderson is painfully shy at the start of the film, and is placed with his roommate, Neil Perry (Robert Sean Howard), who introduces him to a larger group of his friends. Anderson, Perry, and their friends are all enrolled in the same poetry class taught by Professor John Keating played by Robin Williams. While all professors at the school are strict and plain, Keating uses teaching methods to, not only teach poetry, but important life lessons, to the boys who otherwise are pressured by their parents and other teachers. The character development in the film, shows the boys using Keating’s life lessons to take risks and “seize the day” which is a re-occurring theme of the film.
Without spoiling the film, the higher powers of the school find Keating’s methods of teaching to be wrong and not the standards of the highly acclaimed prep school. The boys stick by Mr. Keating’s side and show a unity that is amazing to watch form throughout the course of the film. I rarely cry at movies, however found myself a victim of the emotional ending. Of course, this could also have been due to the fact that Williams had already passed away, but either way the movie is sure to inspire anyone to seize the day!
Academy Award-winning director Ron Howard continues to partner with Canon’s Project Imagination to produce short films created by writers and directors, and inspired by the public. This year marks the third iteration of Project Imagination, and the first one which called for the public to submit trailers instead of photographs. This year’s Project Imagination short film was written and directed by Kat Candler (“Hellion”), and was inspired by the winning trailer “Tainted Water” created by Mark Mukherjee. The short film, “The Rusted,” stars “The Hunger Games” actors Josh Hutcherson and Jena Malone; it is a psychological thriller about a brother and sister who begin to renovate their childhood home until strange things start to happen and they are forced to face their past memories.
Kat Candler, Ron Howard, Josh Hutcherson and Jena Malone joined Canon for the premiere of “The Rusted” last week, followed by a panel discussion. Here are a few highlights from before and during the panel.