“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.
Witchboard is a 1986 film about three people contacting the spirit of a young boy via using a Ouija board at a social gathering. His name was David Simpson who died in a boat accident at the age of 10. As the film progressed, we see two former best friends gather information about the spirit in a library while the character, Linda slowly becomes possessed by a demonic figure named “Malfeitor.” With some help from a medium psychic and Brandon Sinclair, it becomes clear that Linda’s irrational behavior is caused by Malfeitor who pretended to be “David” throughout the entire film.
What makes this film very appealing is how simple it is to follow the plot. In other words, there is nothing in the film which makes the story confusing for the audience to understand what happened. Nothing is sugar-coated and the film itself does give you your full attention. It also has two to three jump scare scenes which is uncommon in horror films today because too many of those scenes in a film will be a waste of time because they are not building a proper story-line where it might need a jump scare or two. Instead, directors and writers jump the shark too quick where you take action and share the story later which are reasons why horror flicks today fail to recognize why they have a low score rating in the first place. Horror films today do not build upon the story-line but jump off the deep end and start off terrifying the audience before giving the film’s background.
On the other hand, what makes this film not as appealing are the special effects. Granted, this was released in 1986 before CGI existed. Near the end of the film, Jim Morar was pushed by Malfeitor’s spirit out the window where he landed on top of a station wagon and his reaction looked to be out of character. He wasn’t as reactive when he fell out the window. His eyes and mouth were shut and refused to scream for help.
To conclude this review, the editing was poorly executed in the end. But overall, the film was interesting to watch. It has great qualities which horror films do not carry today. For example, a proper background story where everything starts from scratch, eventually adding two to three necessary jump scare scenes and ensuring that everything in the story ties together.