This past week I had a little time to work through my "Movies I Need to See" list. I sat down on my bed with my bag of popcorn and watched "The Graduate". I didn't want to read a single review before indulging in an American classic. The only thing I knew about the film was the amazing score written by Simon&Garfunkel and that it was a comedy.
A couple of bags of popcorn later, and my Netflix screen suggesting another movie I should watch... I realized I didn't really laugh once. Why? Was I simply missing the humor, or was it something else entirely? After reading critical reviews and reflecting on my life currently, I came to realize that the hopeless romantic in me combined with the lost college student lead me to identify with Benjamin throughout the entire film.
Young, thrown into the real world, and trying not to disappoint those that have been an influence on life... Although I am only a sophomore in college and still have time to "figure life out", there was a scared part of me that visualized myself in Benjamin's shoes. Not the affair with a married woman, but the complete lack of direction. The battle between picking plastics or what I believe will make me happier as well as the man I want to be in the future... even understanding what it is that will make me happy.
If you haven't seen this classic, I would push you to watch it on Netflix right after you finish reading this. It captures the time period beautifully and you may walk away with something completely different than what I did. If you need a Netflix account to watch it on, I'm sorry but I can't help you on that end.