Attraction Or Repulsion.
Nichols’s compelling drama of a rift between sexuality and morality is a forward pass on terms of the genre the cinema can and ought to offer. As much as general and diverse the message grows socially, the real raunchy methods up-taken by the writers is bold and vivid enough to leave a long lasting impression. Sweeping of all the perspective, opinions, schemes and what not sort of drama, within around 100 minutes, the anticipated intentions are circled up with an adequate storytelling. If its first act seems humorous and light enough to nail any sort of intensity on the board, the second act adds plethora of spice to the tale with jealousy, politics and selfishness that shows the three dimensional side of these perfectly cooked characters.
And with a jarring last act that gives you goosebumps for its potential to shift the entire tone into an electrifying love story that corners our protagonist to succeed against all odds, the finesse is to aspire from. The nail biting climatic act offers this ethically complex situation a cathartic release which no matter how much crowd pleasing it may seem, is also wisely crafted to be mature. Hoffman as the obedient student and of like-able persona has a completely different identity hidden behind him.
Frankly this is not a pleasant figure and Nichols makes sure he never tries to justify it which would be uncalled for. But justice is to be served, and serving it with an intention to draw out a cinematic arc for the character, there resides a quote that cannot define it all more than enough, “I’ll give you 20 dollars for a dime.” says Hoffman in his lowest pit. Bancroft and Ross, possibly the combination of the most bizarre triangle love story are holding onto their parts dearly. The Graduate not only qualifies but is undoubtedly a top contender.