20 Nov

THE GREEN MILE (1999) – Paul Edgecomb


– The lives of guards on Death Row are affected by one of their charges: a black man accused of child murder and rape, yet who has a mysterious gift.
Tom Hanks – A Death Row guard.
Co-stars – Michael Clarke Duncan, David Morse, James Cromwell, Michael Jeter, Sam Rockwell, Doug Hutchison, Patricia Clarkson, Barry Pepper and Bonnie Hunt.
Best Parts – The supporting cast – Every. Single. One of them. (Especially Rockwell, Hutchison & Jeter), Mr. Jingles, the Patricia Clarkson healing scene, the unsuspecting comedy in the midst of this intense drama, Rockwell’s reaction when he’s told that he’s about 10 seconds away from spending the rest of his life in the padded room, the guys pretending to play cards while Hanks drugs Rockwell, the emotion running through the guards as they have to execute John, and, of course, the anti-death penalty message of this film.
Worst Parts– That Michael Clarke Duncan and Michael Jeter are dead :(, The death penalty, that Mr. Jingles isn’t credited on IMDB, I don’t think we needed the whole “present day/Old Paul Edgecomb” thing – only to show that Jingles was still alive? really? And to rely on narration.  It’s about 30- 45 minutes too long, that no one noticed that the sponge was dry.
Best Hanks Acting -It’s in movies like this and Road To Perdition when I best like to watch Hanks when he doesn’t have dialogue. His eyes, the thoughts of his character… it’s all there so vividly. When he pees normally for the first time, having to say “Roll on two”.
Best Line(s) – “Pissin’ razor blades.” ‘That man is mean, careless and stupid and that’s a bad combination in a place like this.” “All I wanted me was a little cornbread.” “Honey, if you don’t tell me what’s on your mind, I’m afraid I’m gonna have to smother you with a pillow.” “On the day of my judgment, when I stand before God and he asks me why did I kill one of his true miracles, what am I going to say? That it was my job?”

Overall – This film is beautiful and extremely difficult to watch. It hurts in deep places and also evokes the possibility of miracles. I’m a fan of this one.   (93 = A)

EXCEPTIONAL – (A+) 95 – 100
EXCELLENT – (A) 90-94
GOOD – (B) 80 – 89
AVERAGE – (C) 70-79
NOT A FAVORITE – (D) 60 – 69

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