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A deeply racist movie, though clearly none of the filmmakers thinks so... By the picture's end, we are asked to grasp electrocution as in some way an act of benevolence.
I rarely comment on the reviews on this website as I am usually very patient with the diversity of opinions, and there is usually some moerit behind them all.
This is one of the most ignorant, rediculous reviews for a movie I have ever seen; you, sir, have completely missed the dot.
Your attempts at pushing 'The Green Mile' into rasict territory are sickening. In the instances you imply, race was completely irrelevant. This was 1930s America; yes, racism had a lot to do with the fact that John Coffey didn't get a very fair trial examination, but this is life, and this is the kind of terrifying thing that happened at this period in history. It still happens today.
Nothing, however, about the story that follows has anything to do with the color of any of the characters' skin. The pain JC felt was due to the hurt that he saw in the world (not just in his own life as an African American, as you imply).
Paul Edgecomb does, in the end, ask Coffey if there is anything he can do, or if he can just set him free. JC says no; he wants to die. You pin this conclusion on the fact that he does not want to live on as a black man. I pin this conclusion on the fact that he does not want to live on as a man.
It's too bad you had to dig so deeply to extract such a useless analogy from such a humane film. Maybe that's why no one's ever heard of "Nick's Flick Picks".
Sep 20 - 10:01 PM
The movie was based in 1935, so racism was still alive back then. Not a good review I'd say.
Oct 22 - 01:12 PM
And you are "deeply" shallow, though clearly you do not think so.
Aug 2 - 11:48 PM
you obviously didn't pay close attention to the movie, or are too shallow to understand. and you have apparently never read the book.
Aug 26 - 05:40 PM
The movie was made beautifully. This was a very poor way to critic the movie. It seems in this day and age that everything is about race. I feel that if we all truely want to live in a color blind society, people like you should not say such things. I did not feel that "The Green Mile" was racist what so ever. You did not pay attention to the real meaning of the story. I have no bad feelings against you as a person, but please don't say that about this movie. It was amazing!
Aug 30 - 04:31 PM
Nothing more to say other than what on earth were you watching, i too have films others may not rate as highly as i do because we all find different meanings and common ground in films that others do not, However, that review was absurd and pointless in all it's observations, the lights are on but nobody's at home.
Sep 1 - 03:49 PM
Nick davis, you are false.
Sep 30 - 09:51 AM
5 bucks says this reviewer is also an atheist and didn't even see the whole point of the movie.I'm not saying that you have to have religion to get it, not in the slightest, but this reviewer is completely ignorant, there is no lesson from this story, except that people can be pure evil and sometimes the innocent guy can suffer, but he wants to be gone so he doesn't have to live in a world with the likes of them
Nov 20 - 05:57 PM
Agree with most here. It's almost as though this reviewer was commissioned to watch this movie, and then did so against his will, moving through the movie on fast-forward, impatient at the time it was taking for it to finish so that he could get started writing his pile of claptrap of a review. As such I think he completely missed the effect, and ultimately the point.For example, he says..."Strangely, in the act of permitting Coffey to die, his powers for enduring and relieving pain, as well as a previously undisclosed gift for unnaturally long life, are communicated into the bodies of Edgecomb and, of course, the mouse,..."Those powers were transferred to Edgecomb as a by-product of Coffey enabling him to psychically witness the crimes of 'Wild Billy', and not for any other reason.Nick Davis seems a pretentious, plum-in-the-mouth sort, by virtue of his his overly and unnecessarily verbose writing style. I'm sure that most read his reviews in skim-fashion rather than absorb and enjoy them, whether or not they happen to agree with him.When I first watched this movie I made the mistake of putting it on about 11.30pm at night when I really should have been going to bed. I only intended to watch 25-30 or so minutes but ended up watching the whole damned thing, and was profoundly affected by it.From a personal standpoint, I haven't yet come across someone who would give it any less than a 7 from 10. Of course, each is entitled to their own opinion, it's just that this reviewer is adding 2's and coming up with a total far away from 4. As a man of Caribbean parentage his sanctimonious moralizing, along with his misperceived comments suggesting that the movie is racist, are disappointing and irritating. I don't know his racial orientation but it irks me when people bang the race drum out-of-turn in, the belief that they are somehow fighting our corner. The racism expressed in this movie doesn't seem gratuitous or misplaced given the era the movie was set in.He says.."at all points in America's history, capital punishment has been assigned out of all possible proportion to black inmates over white ones, strongly suggestive of racist practices institutionalized within the penal system"and goes on..."such that a story which climaxes in a black man begging his guards to execute rather than exonerating or releasing him is again an astoundingly dubious narrative move."In this movie, 'John Coffey' is a man with... no wife, no family, who manifests all of the negative emotion around him in physical pain terms, and lives in an era where racism is rife and opportunities are few.Whilst resisting the urge to say "sheesh, it's a SUPERNATURAL movie" why does the reviewer find it so difficult to believe that anyone quite as unique as John Coffey living in that era should want to go to the other side, and that the prison guard who care for him would in turn respect his wishes??This particular review is the only aspect of the movie that deserves a rotten tomato.
Dec 12 - 05:54 AM
Joseph Jr Yuskaitis
by calling this film racist, you show us a few things;1. you have no idea how to review/critique movies.2. you are a racist yourself.3. your reviews clearly cant be taken seriously.4. you weren't paying attention during the film.5. because of #4, your review is poor/ignorant.grow up.
Jan 11 - 03:17 PM
This film is a towering achievement. Beautiful visuals, wonderful music, fabulous acting, very moving. But these days everything is racist. You tell a joke about ******s and you're labelled a racist. The world has gone mad.
Jan 16 - 04:47 PM
When all else fails...always go to "old faithful"...Racism. Someday, somewhere in time, it will end in that people can use this term whenever and wherever folks want the power trip of this word. This is what Jesse Jackson and the Rev. Sharpton have made millions of dollars...it is quite a lucrative business. Someday...
Mar 30 - 09:09 AM
Wow,if this guy can be a critic,ie. make a living by reviewing movies,then im on easy street...f***ing *******.
Apr 17 - 03:59 PM
Did you even pay attention to this movie?Your comments on this movie have made a lot of peoples attention. And I agree all of them. Reviewing isnt your thing. I would respect the fact if you didnt like the movie and had a reason for it. But this isnt a reason- This is just crap. Do yourself a favour and stop reviewing movies.
Jul 9 - 09:46 AM
As an African American, I wanted to say that I found in no way this movie to be racist at all. It was an honest depiction of a time where, yes racism existed. This was not the focus of the movie. The movie was the ultimate story of love. Did you even pay attention to the story? Or were you to busy trying to cover up your own possible racism?
Jul 15 - 10:16 PM
Were you even VAGUELY away of the time period?
Aug 14 - 04:24 PM
obviously you did not understand the movie its not about racism
Aug 20 - 08:12 AM
The time that this movie was set in was when racism was still very much alive. That's the whole point of the movie, John Coffey being sentenced to death for a crime he didn't commit because he was a large black man found holding the bodies.
Aug 25 - 12:51 AM
The Worst critic ever.....
Dec 14 - 01:14 AM