The Graduate ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

What’s most striking about this 50th anniversary 4K restoration reissue is how Mike Nichols’ stylish and confident directing feels so modern and has not dated one single bit. Coupled with cinematography that can only be described as iconic, this is a visually stunning film that also boasts a mesmerizing and sexy Anne Bancroft and a star-making turn from Dustin Hoffman who, looking back now, resembles a young Tom Cruise. At the same time, it’s also impossible to imagine the film without the melancholic and wistful music of Simon & Garfunkel that enriches the narrative while being so damn hummable, it will stay with you long after you left the cinema. Emotionally rich and at times painfully funny,  it does have last act problems, perhaps feeling a little rushed and there are time logic inconsistencies that niggles me; but all’s forgiven by the time of that bittersweet and poignant end shot. Still immensely watchable 50 years later, there can be no doubt about its status as a Modern Classic.

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