A Film Review By Jason L. King
|Rating:Rated PG-13 for some sexual content. .
Starring: Kevin Klien
Directed By:Michael Hoffman
The Emperor’s Club Opened last week, but I never got around to seeing it due to a busy schedule and preparing for tests before Turkey Day Break. Well I finally got some free time so I included The Emperor’s Club in my “2002 Turkey Days Movie Marathon” And proved to be a worthwhile venture.
Kevin Klien (Life as a House returns to the big screen as teacher/assistant headmaster, William Hundert. Mr. Hundert teaches classics at a private school. He is known for his passion for his material and a superb educator. Everyone respects Mr. Hundert, until one day Sedgewick Bell, the son of a senator joins his class. Sedgewick has a mind of his own, and refuses to be as easily “molded” by Hundert than his other students. Hundert tries to find a way to reach out to this young child, and through a series of successes and failures, he finds that some things just don’t always work out as you expect them to, and no matter how hard you try some things never really change…
I think I liked The Emperor’s Club a little better when it starred Robin Williams and was called Dead Poets Society. The Emperor’s Club reminds me far too much of that film. Unfortunately, Klein is no Williams in this film, and therefore even though he does a good job,but due to the similarities, he has simply been outshined. However the film alone is worthy to be recognized. It’s one of those feel good/inspirational films, that doesn’t turn out the way you expect it to. Regardless of its similarities, I can look past that because it doesn’t end as you would expect it to. It shows us that even in movies, just like the real world, things don’t always end up peachy keen in the end. (Did I just say “peachy keen?” I think I am losing it.)
In a holiday season where a lot of things opened, but none of them are really good, The Emperor’s Club shines above the others. As I start to look back on it and all the movies that it “ripped off” (Dead Poets Society, Finding Forrester, Good Will Hunting) it starts to lose its originality, but if you are in for something that lacks stupidity, explosions and want some light hearted “inspirational” film, hop in the lines for The Emperor’s Club. I’m not highly recommending it, but it’s better than waiting in lines for Wes Craven’s THEY or spending a Dollar at North Grand 5 on movies like xXx.