The Green Mile

11 Sep

Writer/Director Frank Darabont returns to one of Stephen King’s stories to deliver a dark, gritty and moving adaptation of The Green Mile. Tom Hanks plays Paul Edgecomb, a prison guard working on death row during the Great Depression. The next inmate to walk The Green Mile is John Coffey (Michael Clarke Duncan) who has the supernatural gift of healing. After experiencing Coffey’s powers, Edgecomb struggles with the moral dilemma of following through with the execution or setting an inmate free.

For me, this film examines the idea of mortality and friendship on many levels. Death row is a powerful setting to ponder one’s view of life and death. Besides Darabont’s precise script, the acting between Hanks and Duncan are brilliant, not to mention the strong performances from David Morse and James Cromwell. There are very few films that can sustain its energy for three hours, but Darabont excels in his methodical approach to developing the friendship between Edgecomb and Coffey.

WORD COUNT: 160

Adam’s Grade B+

Chuck’s Grade: B+

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