The Green Mile Movie Review | UniMasters Custom Essays
Title: The Green Mile (1999) 8.5 /10
The Green Mile is an amazingly soulful movie that features strong acting from an incredible cast. Frank Darabont directs another prison movie with style and humanism. He rarely directs films, but when he does they are usually knockouts (including the Shawshank Redemption & The Mist). Michael Clarke Duncan gives a simply wonderful performance here that rightfully got nominated for an Oscar. The fact that he died prematurely makes this even more of a heart-wrenching story to me. Tom Hanks is his reliably likable self and the rest of the cast is made up of good character actors. I thought most of the characters in this film were memorable. It's really hard to explain to someone without giving details away, but for first-timers this film will surprise you. The 3 hour run time seems long, but this film could not have been better paced. I never found myself checking the time. This is a classic that deserves to be seen.
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Stephen Edwin King has written many famous novels that have been turned into great films. The Green Mile is one of the films that have been produced into an award-winning movie. The story begins with a former prison guard named Paul Edgecomb who is currently living in a retirement home. A past memory suddenly strikes Paul in which brings back many old stories from when he was a prison guard at Cold Mountain Penitentiary. He begins to tell the story of a man named John Coffey who is convicted of murdering two little girls. Edgecomb and his fellow guards, who work on death row, begin to witness series of supernatural events that John Coffey performs. The power of healing is seen throughout the story in which Coffey uses on Paul himself, a mouse named Mr. Jingles, and a woman who is suffering from a brain tumor. The guards begin to develop this idea that Coffey is an innocent man. Since it’s their job to perform the electric chair to the inmates, they feel its wrong to kill an innocent man like John Coffey. As it’s about time to execute Coffey, Paul Edgecomb asks John if he wishes to be free and he rightfully denies his offer. He claims he can feel the pain of others all around him and does not wish to continue to feel such pain in the world anymore. The guards proceed with the execution in an emotional and touching scene where they must kill a man of such kindness and nobility. As the guards watch in tears, John Coffey is electrocuted and killed. The story then goes back to Paul as an old man in the retirement home where he has been telling this story to an old friend. Paul is over a hundred years old and that is because he believes before John Coffey died he had stored some of his healing power inside of him, which has caused him to live for such a long time. To the day that he dies, Paul Edgecomb will have to live with that fact that he had killed such an extraordinary man and that is why he quit his job as a prison guard after the execution of...