As far as performances, I can imagine many people pointing to Michael Duncan as John Coffey or Tom Hanks as Paul Edgecomb as the best performances of the movie, and they are good, but I would hope that Michael Jeter would receive recognition for portraying Eduard Delacroix. Having seen the movie, The Green Mile, and read the novel of the same name by Stephen King, I am glad to say that the movie stays true to the book, which in itself is a great read. The camerawork is superb, cast wonderful and direction flawless. With a face you know, one inevitably remembers previous performances, and the new role is coloured by this. The movie's considerable length, a bit over three hours, is something that had me worried. It is the only one played out as he had written it. Such anxiety causes him to falter during a rap battle one night at a local venue.
Hanks is excellent in a role that clearly calls for him to suppress his natural slant toward humor. This is film as art, at it's very best. All in all the The Green Mile is a very touching drama, with the joys and sorrows of the life pictured with great skill, if not the best movie of the year. The events take place at a death row, the guards call the green mile. This movie is a real gem. They are both great, but are both different. This is evident in the opening sequence and remains throughout.
A character-driven movie requires a lot from the cast, and fortunately when it comes to cast, The Green Mile delivers. It is hard to find a flaw in this movie. Frank Darabont returns to the directors chair with another adaptation of Stephen Kings novel. His portrayal of the detestable Percy is right on the mark and suggests complexities in this character I had not discovered in the book. Great story, great cast, great look. There were a few minor changes from the book but which in no way detract from either work.
. The depth of the cast is extraordinary, with all of the players delivering excellent performances. Michael Jeter should have got an Oscar. The casting is superb - every actor is perfectly suited for his role and does an excellent job, although I would like to single out Doug Hutchison. I can very well see why King himself said this is his favorite of the movies adapted from his novels.
Michael Clark Duncan put just the right shading on his huge character to make him vulnerable and sympathetic. Above all, Michael Duncan as John Coffey is exceptional. The Green Mile isn't a movie about hope and friendship, as The Shawshank Redemption was, it is a movie about a miracle of a man, and the people he affects. The film opens with Erik feigning illness so that he can stay home and masturbate. It is hard to find fault with it. I wouldn't compare this movie or the book to Rita Hayworth and The Shawshank Redemption because that would be unfair to both. Although encouraged by his friends who hail him as a talented rapper, Jimmy worries about his potential as a musician, due to his lack of confidence.
Eminem , a blue-collar worker from a poor family, struggles with aspects of his life. Actually this is not one single story, but several tied together seamlessly. Levenstein persuades her not to give up on what she and Erik have. There is a clear sense here that all involved in the production knew that this was something special, and gave it their all. The most captivating was the performance of Michael Duncan. Later that same evening Tracy decides to have sex and she calls Erik to come on over to her house to do the deed. Yet he gives Edgecomb just the right flavor.
The length is needed to tell this story the way it should be told, and the story is so very engrossing. But their first attempt goes horribly wrong when her father shows up in the living room and Erik is forced to run, stark naked, home when he gets discovered. As the poster of the movie tells, this movie stars Tom Hanks as Paul Edgecomb, senior prison guard of the mile, and as always he performs very well indeed. Watch for the countless subtleties of expression, and the great power that the cast creates with silence. Yet the marvellous cast and the peaceful yet firm pace of the movie held my attention progressively through the three hours right to the touching culmination. One cannot find a single weak cast member! Later, they lose a rough game of football against a bitter rival fraternity composed almost entirely of midgets, led by their ill-tempered leader known as Rock Jordan Prentice. The length is about three hours and it seems that critics are complaining about that.
He is Paul Edgecomb; Tom Hanks is nowhere to be found. Flawlessly shot on perfect period sets, the whole production binds together to bring the extraordinary story into the realm of a believable and compelling study of human injustice and charity. I can't understand the complaints. He plays Delacroix exactly as I pictured him when I read the book. Yet the cast around him is even more spectacular, perhaps partially due to them being relatively unknown.
I was anxiously anticipating the film version, but was concerned that the emotional impact of the book could not be replicated on screen. The story is faithful to the book, only losing details that were not important to the story anyway. The Green Mile should bring you joy, laughter, and if you are like most in the theater this night, tears. The film never drags and is never dull, and it certainly didn't feel three hours long. He is perhaps the only Stifler about to graduate from high school as a virgin. Many will find this movie to be too long, but I for one was delighted of the style, combination of simplicity of events and depth of characters and conversation. But like The Shawshank Redemption, I give The Green Mile 4 out of 4 stars.