jack’s review published on Letterboxd:
There are a lot of themes within The Graduate, so I'll be picking just one to discuss. Has ther ever been a film that best represents truth and realism in regards to early twenties lifestyle? Answering the big questions of "what to do with my life," as we wonder aimlessly around looking for that answer to an unanswerable question. Ben finds solace in a woman twice his age, allowing this to suffocate and vape that fear away. Until Elaine walks in the picture and changes the game; he has found the answer. But the ending, where life finally hits back at them like a bus hitting a cross walker, suggests otherwise. Where do we go from here? What now? Where will this take us?
"Hello darkness, my old friend
I've come to talk with you again
Because a vision softly creeping
Left its seeds while I was sleeping
And the vision that was planted in my brain
Within the sound of silence
In restless dreams I walked alone
Narrow streets of cobblestone
'Neath the halo of a street lamp
I turned my collar to the cold and damp
When my eyes were stabbed by the flash of a neon light
That split the night
And touched the sound of silence"
It almost seems like our singers seem to warn Benjamin of his looming fate; the fact that he may not have one. But the spiraling dream of love topples over and life hits back. Wake up from the dream.