I'm tired. I'm tired of being alone. But mostly ... I'm tired of people being ugly to each other.
May 15, 2009
In its simplest form The Green Mile is about an eye for an eye ... but when have you known Stephen King to be simple? Stephen King ... the man who gets paid fifty thousand dollars for writing "boo" on a napkin. Stephen King. In the beginning we meet an elderly gentleman who tells of his time working on "The Green Mile" Death Row for inmates in Louisiana's Cold Mountain Penitentiary. Shortly thereafter, we meet John Coffey (Michael Clarke Duncan) who was sentenced to death for the murder of two young girls. From his introduction (Michael Clarke Duncan) plays the role of the child-like John Coffey filled with boyish impetuosity to perfection.
During this time, Paul Edgecombe (Tom Hanks) is suffering from a urinary tract infection ... and the extraordinary that is John Coffey shows itself. This miracle of God has the mystical ability to heal. At the same time we meet Percy Wetmore (Doug Hutchison) a mean, stupid, sadistic man. In this setting, that is a dangerous combo, but he is the nephew of the governor's wife. Next we meet a violent prisoner named Wild Bill (Sam Rockwell) who is sentenced to death for killing three people in a robbery attempt. During the film, when Wild Bill grabs John Coffey's arm we learn who the real killer of the two young girls is.
In its simplest form The Green Mile is about an eye for an eye ... the problem with that is ... everyone ends up blind. With John Coffey being innocent, Paul is left with the life altering decision of what to do. Does he put to death one of God's true miracles? During a conversation with his wife, Paul decides to ask Coffey what he wants him to do. John Coffey replies: I'm tired. I'm tired of being alone. But mostly ... I'm tired of people being ugly to each other. The movie then flashes forward to Paul Edgecombe, now a hundred and eight years old telling his female companion of his curse in life. He is cursed to watch all his loved ones die. An eye for an eye........
In the late 80's a young film maker named Frank Darabont paid Stephen King a dollar to adapt his short story "The Lady in the Room," into a short film when he was a student in film school. King had a deal going where aspiring film makers could make short films out of his story for a dollar. It was called a dollar baby. Most times, King was disappointed with what was made. Yet when it came to Darabont, he liked it and thought highly of it. Years later Frank … more
Pros: tight cast, wonderful performances, good story Cons: none for me The Bottom Line: "And what are you being put to_death for today? Is your family_here? What was your last_meal? Any last words for the_fans? Longer you cling to_life- More prizes for your_friends" ~Lard I must admit of all the movies I’ve seen over the years, The Green … more
Pros: Stellar performance by cast, good plot.. Cons: Racial undertones... I didnt know quite what to expect when I slipped Steven Kings The Green Mile into my DVD player. It is not often that works by Mr. King that later get turned into movies garner as much high praise and critical acclaim as this movie did. After watching this movie I am of two minds about my final assessment. On the one hand I thoroughly enjoyed the performances of all the actors … more
My name is Justyn Richardson but I go by the name Shoyu - after joining the on-line gaming site, Pogo, I have reverted back to my childhood nickname of Tasteless Joe. I first acquired the name when I … more
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Director Frank Darabont's second adaptation of a Stephen King prison tale (the first being 1994's nearly flawless THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION) is a hopeful charmer with a hint of the supernatural. The story focuses on Paul Edgecomb (Tom Hanks), a Louisiana security guard who works on death row during the Great Depression. When John Coffey (Michael Clarke Duncan), a gigantic black man convicted of raping and murdering two white girls, joins the other prisoners on the row, Paul's life is forever altered. Coffey doesn't fit the mold of a psychopathic killer; he's kind, gentle, and afraid of the dark. As the story progresses, Edgecomb learns that there is something more than simple goodness to Coffey. Building to a hopeful climax, Darabont once again proves that he is King's most loyal cinematic translator. The film features uniformly excellent performances in leading and supporting roles, notably Duncan as Coffey; David Morse and Barry Pepper as Hanks's fellow prison guards; and Michael Jeter as condemned kill...