This is a thoughtful, intelligent movie with outstanding direction.
Common Sense Media
Paul Edgecomb walked the mile with a variety of cons. He had never encountered someone like John Coffey (Michael Clarke Duncan), a massive black man convicted of brutally killing a pair of young sisters. Coffey had the size and strength to kill anyone, but not the demeanor. Beyond his simple, naive nature and a deathly fear of the dark, Coffey seemed to possess a prodigious, supernatural gift. Paul began to question whether Coffey was truly guilty of murdering the two girls.
A character driven Stephen King story that very much succeeds because its actors know what they are doing: they all shine in their own way. This is a sweeping, fast-moving 3 hour film about how lives can be truly shaped and even somewhat destroyed due to the actions of others – being good or bad.
Tom Hanks is our movie Everyman, and his Paul is able to win our sympathy with his level eyes and calm, decent voice. We get a real sense of his efficient staff, of the vile natures of Percy and Wharton, and of the goodness of Coffey–who is embodied by Duncan in a performance that is both acting and being
By taking the extra time, director Darabont has made King’s The Green Mile into a story which develops and unfolds, which has detail and space. The movie would have been much diminished at two hours – it would have been a series of episodes without context. As Darabont directs it, it tells a story with beginning, middle, end, vivid characters, humour, outrage and emotional release. Dickensian.
USA 1999, 189 min, R16
Directed by Frank Darabont
Based on the novel by Stephen King
Starring Tom Hanks, David Morse, Michael Clarke Duncan, Doug Hutchison, Sam Rockwell & Harry Dean Stanton