Some people find it hard to believe that something as simple as a film can have such an impact on the real lives of people. How can a movie - meant simply to entertain - actually make us think and feel so strongly about something?
But the truth is, movies are meant for much more than just entertainment. Movies are there to make us laugh, and to make us cry. They're used to thrill us, excite us, and to inspire us in our time of need.
Today, I'm going to talk about a movie that's been inspiring me since the day I saw it. A movie that definitely stands the test of time, and will go on to be referenced, quoted and admired for years and years to come; Dead Poets Society.
Directed by Peter Weir, and written by Tom Schulman in 1989, Dead Poets Society is the inspirational story of an all-boys preparatory school, its students and their poetic and eccentric English teacher, John Keating (played by Robin Williams).
To put the motivational impact this movie has into perspective, I was born 9 years after it released, and didn't see it until 22 years after it came out! And yet to this day, I still believe that Dead Poets Society is one of (if not THE) greatest motivational movie of all time! Why?
It Tells You To Seize The Day!
You've heard it countless time before. "Carpe diem". Seize the day. It's a saying that's been repeated for centuries, dating all the way back to 23 BC, so it's not like DPS invented or popularized it. But if nothing else inspires you to truly "carpe diem", this movie absolutely will!
Throughout the film, the students of John Keating's class learn to make the best of every day, and live life how they see fit. It's a powerful message that causes them all to pursue their dreams!
John Keating's teaching methods may be unorthodox, but his speech of seizing the day gets the message across in the most powerful of ways! The way he explains and expresses it will make you want to run out and carpe diem as soon as the movie's over!
It Encourages You To Express Yourself!
Expressing ourselves is the hardest thing to do. We either simply don't want to, or for some reason can't. But Dead Poets Society encourages you to bust out of your shell, and express yourself to the fullest! It inspires you to speak what's on your mind, and just be you. As a particularly shy individual who has started to slowly pick his shell apart, I can appreciate that.
John Keating is a very outspoken and energetic man, and so just watching him be himself to the fullest is enough to inspire anyone to do the same. Of course, we aren't all like John Keating, we can't all be as energetic and outspoken as he is, but that's not the point. DPS isn't saying that everyone has to be a loud and proud ball of energy like Keating, it's saying that everyone needs to be themselves, regardless of who's watching.
Of course, don't take the message too literally. If part of yourself is lounging on your couch, watching Netflix and refusing to wear pants, it's best to leave that part of yourself at home....
It Encourages You To Motivate Others!
Not only does Dead Poets Society motivate you, it inspires you to inspire others the same way! I can't tell you how many times I've quoted this movie, or acted like some philosophical genius because of it. In fact, this film is probably the reason I have such a large ego!
But besides that, the movie has inspired me to motivate others to do whatever it is they're trying to do. Like I said earlier, we can't all be like John Keating, and we shouldn't try to be. But if there's someone out there who needs a John Keating type in their lives - in other words, a motivator - then you should absolutely try to be that!
At the same time, the film teaches you not to bring others down. If you're not going to inspire someone, you should at least make sure you aren't uninspiring them. Crushing someone else's dreams can have catastrophic effects; as made apparent by the tragic death of a character in DPS. After getting their dreams crushed in front of them, the character (I'm purposely not naming them, for spoiler reasons of course) commits suicide, causing Keating and the other characters to mourn him.
As ridiculous as it may sound to some, people can have such a reaction when they're unmotivated.
The bottom line is that Dead Poets Society is one of the most inspirational movies of ANY generation. It doesn't matter if you were born in the 80's, 90's, 00's or 2040's (looking at you, time travelers)! DPS will motivate you, and encourage you to seize the day, express yourself, and inspire others around you to do the same!
With an amazing cast, a poetic premise, and the natural charm of Robin Williams on its side, it's not hard to see why Dead Poets Society is one of my all time favorite movies!
So that was Day 2 of My 5 Day Movie Challenge! You can read Day 1's post here, and make sure to come back tomorrow for Day 3: An Awkward Family Movie! Bring your family along to revel in the cringiness with you if you'd like! And make sure to click the '5 Day Movie Challenge' hashtag below, and search 5 Day Movie Challenge on Moviepilot for more awesome articles from other amazing Creators!
Of course, if you've got a motivational movie that you'd like to talk about, share it in the comments section below, or write about it here on MP! Can't wait to read it! Until then..