Review: THE GREEN MILE

Paul Edgecomb: “Your name is John Coffey?”
John Coffey: “Yes sir boss. Like the drink, only not spelled the same.”
Based on one of Stephen King’s few non-horror novels, THE GREEN MILE is a long, moving, poignant prison drama with an interesting fantasy twist. Starring Tom Hanks and Michael Clarke Duncan, it tells the story of Paul Edgecomb, a guard working at a prison where a man named John Coffey is brought into custody. Though he has been convicted of brutally murdering two girls, Paul soon enough discovers that John has a special healing power and really comes across as a kind man. Though clearly demented at some points in the plot, THE GREEN MILE was overall a great film. I plan on reading the serial novel on which it is based sometime soon, as it is sitting on my bookshelf, collecting dust and waiting patiently to be read; but as for a recommendation for anyone who hasn’t seen this, see it. I can’t guarantee you’ll like it–there’s always a movie not to like, after all–and I can’t exactly guarantee you’ll make it through the entire three hours and eight minutes, but it is most certainly worth a try. Rent it on Netflix, find it broken up in segments on YouTube, find it on TV, get it On Demand, buy it–whatever. Just make sure you see this film.
Dean Stanton: “What did you do?”
John Coffey: “I helped Del’s mouse become a circus mouse. Gonna live in a mouse city down in…”
Brutus “Brutal” Howell: “Florida?”
John Coffey: [nods] “Boss Percy bad. He mean. He stepped on Del’s mouse. I took it back, though…”
GRADE: A

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