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The Green Mile (1999) Film Review | 365 Day Film Challenge – Day 37

Another Frank Darabont film about prisoners, based on a Stephen Kin story. Also, another masterpiece. The Green Mile is the story of Paul Edgecomb (Tom Hanks), who remembers his time working on Death Row, aka “The Green Mile”, and his particular encounter with John Coffey (Michael Clarke Duncan). Full of emotion, with a supernatural twist, this film left me with a lump in my throat and tears stinging my eyes.

The acting in this film is top-notch. Tom Hanks is excellent (when is he not, though?), but the standout is Michael Clarke Duncan. I instantly fell in love with his character, and felt the pain and suffering John Coffey experienced as the film progressed. He deservedly earned an Oscar nomination for this role, and he’s the beating heart of the film.

The pacing is also extremely well done. Even though The Green Mile clocks in at slightly over three hours, it felt like the film flew by in the blink of an eye. The story got its claws in me and refused to let go, even after the credits rolled.

If you haven’t seen The Green Mile, please rectify this situation immediately. This is a rare breed of film, and is a refreshing breath of air from the current state of cinema.

Verdict: 5/5

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