The Green Mile

by missizziemcguinness


‘Can you leave the light on at bedtime?’

The Green Mile is a thoughtful poignant film based on the (only good) book by Stephen King of the same name starring Tom Hanks, Micheal Clarke Duncan and James Cromwell and directed by Frank Darabont. Good choice of cast. 

I had read the book previously a while ago to get a bit of back story as most novels do, then watched the film (I have watched it three or four times now!), and the vivid descriptions, plot etc of the book stay are basically transferred faithfully to the film aside from a few things here and there and the endings had been changed which the director probably couldn’t fit in considering that it is just over three hours long so they probably didn’t have time to do anything else. 

Anyway, the Green Mile is about  guards of death row, but in particular a guard called Paul Edgecomb (Tom Hanks) who encounters John Coffey (the late Micheal Clarke Duncan), a misunderstood gentle giant who has been wrongly accused for the murder of two young girls because of his large, rather threatening frame and the colour of his skin. Coffey turns out to have healing powers, such as bringing a cute talented mouse back to life or cure Edgecomb’s urine infection, and in return Edgecomb treated him better than any other prisoner on death row. 

This is one of the many films that I cried at, like the way it gets to you at the end, but unlike other sad films it has a bit of warning. It shows another side to Tom Hanks’ type of roles, but perhaps this one is one of his more serious ones. Micheal Clarke Duncan fits the role brilliantly, but what makes his film sadder is that he is now dead. This was one of the first 18 rated films (not that I watch them regularly) which I watched and actually enjoyed despite its dark nature and out of my comfort zone, it was only recently that I was able to sit through the graphic execution scene. Irrelevently, if you have noticed with past posts, that Tom Hanks is one of my favourite actors of all time. 

Incredible, sad but still rather creepy in some ways and great performances from every actor, including the mouse. If you haven’t watched it, watch it with a box of tissues.