Have you ever heard of the sound of silence?Can you imagine the feeling of talking without speaking?Do you have a feeling that your life is not your own choice but other's plan?Before I watched The Graduate, I had never thought about these questions because they are far away from my life.Actually, those people who behaved like the walking dead disgusted me.However, after seeing this movie, I keep wondering why, why are they so neutral towards life?What pushes them into such a loss?
The Graduate tells us a story about an outstanding graduate named Benjamin, who is a pride of his parents and is thought to achieve a "bright" future, while himself is quite confused of the future.At this time, Mrs Robinson, an old and empty, but beautiful woman entices Benjamin and leads him into a dark relationship, no spiritual communication at all, only sex.Fortunately, Benjamin falls in love with Mrs Robinson's daughter Elain who arouses his desire for a life changing.After disclosing the dark affair, there are conflicts, quarrels and chasing between Benjamin and Elain.Finally, the two young lovers runs away from the wedding hand in hand.
At the very beginning of the movie, Benjamin is moving slowly with no expression at all, like a suitcase moving on the conveyor belt.It seems that he is pushed by an unknown power to move forward and go for a sealed future.He is calm from outlook, but how about his inner society?Can you feel the hidden misery behind that indifferent face?
Benjamin is a successor, also a failure.He is successful in realizing his parents' expectations, yet leaving his life no traces of his own feelings, which makes him feel at sea.Gradually, he figures out that it's not such kind of life he wants, he wants to be different, to fight against the secular world, to flee away from the unbearable pressure.Nevertheless, his obedience gives him nothing, but confusion and loss.As a result, he chooses a extreme way to show rebellion to the whole busy earning money society--having sex with a woman who even can be his mom.What's the worst, he even doesn't know who will he become and what kind of life will he lead after the rebellion.Here I want to appreciate the wonderful setting of this movie.Every time when Benjamin is with Mrs Robinson, the picture is always dark and gloomy, giving me an unusual feeling of shame or immorality, which highlights their disgraceful behaviors.
Later, Benjamin is moved by Elain's innocence and pure and struggles to win the heart of her as if she is the last stick in the world which can pull him out of the chaos.He has made it, taking Elain away from the wedding.But do you think it's a happy ending?I don't think so.After settling down on the bus, have you noticed the same confused face of them both?It seems that such an escaping is just a way of pursuing excitement and rebellion instead of happiness.Obviously, they are not sure whether it is a so-called true love or merely an impulse, leaving me wondering where will the bus take them to.
Finally, I want to show my admiration of the technics used in this movie.The director is good at using the lens of switching to prominent feelings.For instance, a sudden silence appears in a noisy scene to stress the loneliness of Benjamin and an underwater diving appears to indicate his struggling in heart.
I do believe that there are many youths in China like Benjamin who are confused about their future and want to free away from parents' power.If you are one of them, then you should really watch this movie sometime, to achieve resonance.But I hope you can be more sensible than Benjamin when showing your rebellion.