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MOVIE REVIEWS: THE GREEN MILE

by Dawn, January 18, 2010

Another movie review for you today. Stephen King is one of the most well known writers for supernatural and has had a ton of film adaptations made from those. Today we bring you The Green Mile, an awesome thought provoking tale or good and bad.

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Name: The Green Mile
Rated: R
Running time: 189 minutes

Directors: Frank Darabont

Synopsis
Paul Edgecomb (Tom Hanks)is a prison guard for Death Row prisoners that is just barely getting by in his life. It isn’t until he meets a new prisoner John Coffey (Michael Clarke Duncan) that he finally gets a taste of Faith.

John Coffey is eight feet tall, has been accused of murdering two children, and is afraid to sleep in a dark prison cell without a night light. The guards soon learn that behind his muss amount of muscle, he has an equally as massive heart.

Upon growing sympathetic towards John Coffey, Paul Edgecomb learns that he has an amazing ability. The ability to heal. From dead mice to diseases, John slowly begins correcting all of the things in Paul’s life and the lives of those around Paul during his stay in the Green Mile.

Review
The Green Mile is quite a long film, though you can’t expect anything less when it’s based on one of Stephen King’s novels. Though there isn’t exactly as much detail in the film as there is in the novel, it’s still just as good.

Though I can’t credit the producers and writers for the amazing story line, I can say that they improved it if anything. I can honestly say you do not have to read the novel to get the full story, nor do you have to read the novel to fully understand the story.

The actors (keyword: males) in this film were amazing. Tom Hanks and Michael Clarke Duncan did absolutely amazing and worked really well together. There was the purest of chemistry between the two and you could honestly see the compassion and sympathy their characters had for each other.

I hate to say I was not pleased with the actresses in the film, Patricia Clarkson to be more accurate. Since the film is based in a prison, it’s no surprise there weren’t many females in the story though Melinda Moores (the ill wife of Paul’s boss) was a rather pivotal character in the end. I found her role was rather forced on her behalf, quite fake. She looked the part of an ill woman though her lines weren’t believable in the slightest.

I highly recommend this film to anyone going through a hard time, anyone that’s had a rough day, anyone that has perhaps lost faith in someone to seriously rent this film and watch it. It will make you smile every time.

Rating: 8/10 stars

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