The Green Mile

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We each owe a death – there are no exceptions- but, Oh God, sometimes the Green Mile seems so long – Paul Edgecomb

Frank Darabont’s The Green Mile is about Paul Edgecomb (Tom Hanks) a prisoner officer who works at Cold Mountain Penitent also known as ‘The Green Mile’ where criminals up for death row are kept and killed. But, he and the other officers haven’t seen someone like John Coffey (Micheal Duncan) who possess supernatural powers of healing. Coffey is convicted for raping and murdering two young girls, but seeing his innocent demeanor, Paul and the others begin to suspect whether he actually did this crime while getting through executing the prisoners on death row towards whom they have developed an affectionate side.

The movie is based on a novel of the same name by Stephen King and is directed by Frank Darabont, who also directed another little known adaptation of a Stephen King novella by the name of ‘The Shawshank Redemption’. And this movie is awesome !!!!!!!!!

The acting is just brilliant. I love TOM HANKS. He is superb in his role and so are the other supporting actors like David Morse, Doug Hutchison, Harry Dean Stanton, Barry Pepper and others. But, surprisingly, Micheal Clarke Duncan’s performance overshadows everything else. He is so good in his role.

The movie is an emotional experience. My friend forgot to bring his handkerchief and that was not at all a good experience to the guy sitting next to him. This movie is sure to make you cry and in the end leave a smile on your face. I had three movies this year that blew me away: Whiplash, Interstellar and THE GREEN MILE. I was so shook by it. I am going to definitely read the novel after watching this movie. Watching this movie was an experience in itself, a privilege in fact. This movie has magic woven around it. The movie takes the experience of film watching and shoves it to a whole new dimension.

The movie is pretty long but I assure you  that you won’t understand how time passed after watching this flick. Frank Darabont’s direction is perfect. Please don’t go expecting Shawshank while watching this movie just because it is set in a prison. This movie is another experience. Frank Darabont just keeps getting better- First Shawshank, then The Walking Dead, and now the Green Mile. The Green Mile has one of the best stories ever written, so simple yet so beautiful. And Percy is one of the most horrible villains in cinematic history, who you just despise.

The movie has a brilliant score which is deeply moving. Thomas Newman pours his soul out into this movie which is so human in its nature and it sort of has a mystery also woven around it, which arouses curiosity (sorry for the Gary Sinise pun).

I just can’t understand how Micheal Duncan missed our on the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor and we ought to kick all the Academy voters’  ass for not giving Darabont an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay.

The Green Mile is an emotional canvas painted by the awesome performances by the actors and the brilliant direction and screenplay by Darabont and given a perfect finishing touch by Thomas Newman with his heart-breaking score. The Green Mile is an experience in itself and should be viewed as soon as possible (with a handkerchief).

Rating: 9.4 / 10

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