Monday, August 7, 2017

The Green Mile (1999)

Director: Frank Darabont

Stars: Tom Hanks, Michael Clarke Duncan, David Morse, James Cromwell, Doug Hutchison, Sam Rockwell, Patricia Clarkson, Harry Dean Stanton, Gary Sinise

Paul Edgecomb walked the mile with a variety of cons. He had never encountered someone like John Coffey, a massive black man convicted of brutally killing a pair of young sisters. Coffey had the size and strength to kill anyone, but not the demeanor. Beyond his simple, naive nature and a deathly fear of the dark, Coffey seemed to possess a prodigious, supernatural gift. Paul began to question whether Coffey was truly guilty of murdering the two girls.

This is a review of the movie and not the book.

Here is the film version of Stephen King's series of novellas with the same title. There were six rather thin paperback books released to complete the story of the Green Mile. Now, the story was really good. It was not what you would expect from the King of horror novels. King proved again that is amazing at writing and creating a dramatic heartfelt story.

This movie was so good. The passion for this man, John Coffey, who was a healer. His hands were filled with the power of God healing power, but he was on death row for the murder of two young girls. It was a time of intense racism against black people. The prison guards realize the truth about Coffey. They know that he could never hurt anything. Then you have a character in a movie like, Percy Wetmore. That try to make all of the prisoners lives hell. He was a guard that had high influence in the state, but he wasn't worth shining shoes. He is the worst most hated character in the whole movie, and he gets what he deserves.

The cast for the movie was nothing more than just top notch. I could go through each one of the actors and do a breakdown of their performances. That would be just too much to read, and a lot of the comments would be the same. The performances were wonderful. I really had no complaints at all with anyone's performances.

This is just one of those movies that you need to watch. If you have not watched it yet, then you need to. It took me a while to watch it. This movie is worth owning a copy. Enjoy.

The Green Mile (1999) Trailer

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