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As each day passes, I sometimes look back on my middle school days (2006-2008) and realize how quickly it went by. How bright and warm the sun was, the smell of fresh flowers blossoming in the spring, the thought of a mall being built 5 minutes away from home and not realize until now how advanced technology changed in the past eleven years. Not only did it change everybody within a decade, but everything surrounding it. For example, how people run businesses now by using touchscreen registers, cell phones and tablets. My oh my, where has the time gone by?
“The Green Mile” is a film about Paul Edgecomb describing events to his friend, Elaine at the nursing home in regards to something that would unknowingly change his life forever. During the Great Depression era, he supervised E-Block at the Tennessee State Prison where the death penalty was held and soon met a kind inmate named John Coffey, a healer from God who can separate the good vs evil but died on death row due to being falsely accused of rape and murder, without hinting to the parents of the twin girls that the actual murderer was Wild Bill.
In general, this film was phenomenal. From acting to song choices and emotional dialogue, “The Green Mile” captivates the reality of life being intolerant to innocent individuals who died on death row. Not to mention but the speech from Mr. Edgecomb after Elaine’s funeral where he specifically states that we all owe a death one day.
While the film added raw emotion to it, there is one small criticism which can be bothersome to some southerners although it’s not a big issue. Despite the southern atmosphere, the country bumpkin accents were horrendous. It sounded as if the actors traveled down to Tennessee and North Carolina for the first time and never listened to how locals speak. Speaking to locals and living down in the southeastern United States for a while can help your accent improve tremendously along with a speech coach.
In conclusion, the younger generations to come should watch this film because it will show them how life does have its injustice but you can rise above those unfair situations and realize we all have our own green mile to walk until we depart from this world. As Sally Fields character said in Forrest Gump, “we must do the best with what God gave us.” In other words, no matter where our lives lead to, he will be right there with us while walking down our own green mile. The messages we learn from this film can be applied to in reality.
When writing movie reviews about older films, keep in mind what you know would be the most significant and insignificant details to share in your review. When writing movie reviews, keep in mind:
- That the first paragraph should include a brief synopsis about the film and where it leads to.
- Whereas the second paragraph is what you find the most appealing about the film and why you like it.
- The third paragraph should be about the non-attractive details you find that should have been left out of the film and why so.
- The overall conclusion should dive into your opinion if you think this film should or should not be recommended to watch and what your reasons are for giving this film a certain grade. For example, the film has a good plot which made plenty of sense.
In an upcoming blog post, I will write a review about a movie which was released in 1986 called “Witchboard” to provide you an example of how a movie review is written.
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