The Green Mile (1999) IMDB Top 250 Guest Review

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Today’s IMDB Top 250 Guest Review comes from Zoe of The Sporadic Chronicles Of A Beginner Blogger. Zoe is loving this IMDB project – she’s already reviewed The Departed (which you can read HERE) and she’s planning on doing more! (And may have done another one already…) 😉 Thanks so much for the reviews, Zoe!

Now let’s see what she has to say about The Green Mile, IMDB rank 65 out of 250…

There are still some movies up for grabs if anyone wants to do a guest IMDB Top 250 review. You can find the list HERE. See the full list & links to all the films that have been reviewed HERE.

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Here’s another entry for Table 9 Mutant’s IMDB Top 250 challenge. I have been having so much fun with this, revisiting some movies, checking them all for her, some of them I have been meaning to look into again for so long, and now I finally have the driving factor. This is a movie that I hold most dear, who lived up to every inch of the book, proving that you can, in fact, adapt a book successfully if you just know what you are doing.

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“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 gonna say? That it was my job?”
– Paul Edgecomb

The Green Mile is an absolutely stunning tale of the supernatural, faith, the strange things, horror, hope, miracles and all sorts of things. Naturally, when it begins, you don’t really know what is coming. I mean Stephen King is renowned for horrors, but what some people forget is that he is an exceptionally talented author who has more skills than just to terrify the pants off of you. From his strange mind he brought us an account, one that makes you smile, one that makes you sad, one that evokes anger and pity all at once. John Coffey is portrayed by Michael Clarke Duncan (R.I.P.), and I think he was superbly cast to play the giant that was accused of the disgusting slayings of two young girls. He is a monster of a man, not the most intelligent person in the world, but shy, wholesome and well-mannered, very incongruent to the hulking monstrosity his physical exterior represents.

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“People hurt the ones they love. That’s how it is all around the world.” – John Coffey

Coffey’s character can only grow on you, and if it does not, then there is something fundamentally flawed in you. He was pure innocence in a world of cruelty, anger and hatred, and even though he was wronged, he did not take it out on anyone once. I loved the relationship he developed with the guards Paul Edgecombe (Tom Hanks), Brutus “Brutal” Howell (David Morse), Dean Stanton (Barry Pepper) and Harry Terwilliger (James DeMunn). It was great to see how they interacted with this man on death row. Then there was Tom Hanks, again pulling together a great drama role right here as Paul, the man who had to get to the bottom of whatever was going on, who was drawn in and fascinated by Coffey, a peaceful and pure human being. Naturally not everyone was going to be so nice, and Dough Hutchison did a fine job as Percy Wetmore… in other words, I really did just want to climb over somewhere and kill him. He was inhumane, he was cruel and he deserved so much more than a big, fat slap. He was revolting and evil to the core, and was intent on throwing his weight around and bullying everyone no end. People like that sicken me, and he was incredibly convincing, always selfish, putting himself ahead and being resentful at every available opportunity.

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“Try it! You’ll be on the bread lines before the week is out!” – Percy Whetmore

Sam Rockwell was simply brilliant as “Wild Bill” Wharton, and impressed me with his portrayal of the malicious and wicked man. He was undeniably cracked and never once let you forget about it. He was the very embodiment of what I expected from King’s character. I also enjoyed David Morse, whom I find to be an underappreciated actor. He lent dignity and morals to Brutus and gave him real flesh and character. The movie’s pacing was gradual though never boring, but you must not expect something gushing action in every scene, never relenting or letting you breathe. This is a film designed to make you chew over it, think about it and make decisions based on that.

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“All I wanted me was a little cornbread, motherfuckers! All I wanted me was a little cornbread!” – William “Wild Bill” Wharton

I enjoyed how the film was set in the thirties, and the appearance of the prison, the uniforms, the way of life… things was done so much differently. Coffey’s gift being discovered was a thing of beauty. Paul had been suffering for a while with a severe bladder infection, and in a moment of fear and pain, Coffey had healed him, fixed the problems. Such is the nature that shows that Coffey is special, that he is amazing and that he should not be where he is, though he is there now and will have to make the best of it. The guards all become rather protective of Coffey and develop a respect and friendship with him, though not everything is destined to go that way. Paul’s relentless need to get to the bottom of what really happened is touching, and it shows you how one person can change your perception in life as well as how you go about it.

I honestly believe The Green Mile is a classic, and most definitely something that everyone should see at least once in their lives. Frank Darabont again gave another striking vision of a King novel, something I am starting to feel only he fully grasps.

I just can’t see God putting a gift like that in the hands of a man who would kill a child. – Paul Edgecomb

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42 thoughts on “The Green Mile (1999) IMDB Top 250 Guest Review

    • You’re welcome and thank YOU! Nice review! : ) This is such an excellent film. You’re right – Frank Darabont & Stephen King have a very special thing together. I wish he’d be the only one to make King’s movies from now on. The Shawshank Redemption is a masterpiece (and the only movie I’ve given a “10” so far on my blog) and The Green Mile comes pretty damn close to being just as special. And it’s such a faithful adaptation! Love it. Love both films. I even love The Mist! Darabont’s use of Thomas Newman for the scores REALLY help Shawshank & Green Mile as well. Lol – this is turning into a review. I’ll shut up now! ; ) I just love these Darabont/King films. : )

      • I love how you are gushing! I am not alone then! THANK YOU FOR THE MIST POINTS!! I am always looked at like I am insane for liking that one! I thought it was a pretty damn good entry. They work well together. The Green Mile certainly was one of the most loyal adaptions from a book to the screen that I have ever seen, and The Shawshank Redemption is a beautiful movie! I think you have sold me on giving it another watch at some stage!

  1. Well reviewed – I haven’t seen the film but really enjoyed the book, so very glad to hear the director was a good choice.

    Percy was one of the more despicable characters in recent memory (reminded me of Pete from Mad Men) – just such a selfish little weasel, sounds like the actor did a great job capturing that!

    • Thank you! Ah, it was just a match of sheer beauty! I would encourage you to watch the film, really worth it!

      I have not yet seen Mad Men, to be honest, though I really want to. Percy was reprehensible and disgusting, a loathsome character to be sure! He really did a good job!

  2. I really want to watch this again now although I know I will sob like a baby yet again! I actually prefer Stephen King’s non-horror novels. Weird but true. Zoe, when you say a “big fat slap” I am assuming you’re just translating poesklap for the non Afrikaans speakers?

  3. When this movie came out it came with a lot of hype and people telling me “You HAVE to see it” and that type of behavior really pushes me away from something so I vowed “I WILL NEVER WATCH THAT SHIT!!!!!”

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    I watched it in 2002 and cried my fucking eyes out. What a great movie!!

  4. Good review, I have to admit I never saw this movie! GASP the horror the movie gods are going to throw stones at me. I need to see this, thank you Zoe for reminding me about this flick!

  5. Great review, Zoe. And mostly agreed – I wouldn’t call this one quite Classic-worthy, but it is exceptionally good. And the performances are wondrous.

    • Thanks Josh! Oh I believe this one to be a classic 🙂 The performances were fantastic all round… this really is a favourite of mine!

  6. Zoe, great review for an amazing movie. I love the king/darabont combo and wish that they find more opportunities to work together. I’m also a fan of The Mist, eventhough I’ve only seen it once.

    • Thanks Mark! He is really good. I should check that out, I don’t think that I have seen that. Sounds like I might have to change that.

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