The Green Mile Reviews

  • 3d ago

    Sometimes a bit too long winded, but still full of sentimental drama and intrigue.

    Sometimes a bit too long winded, but still full of sentimental drama and intrigue.

  • 5d ago

    Great performances and a frank darabont masterpiece

    Great performances and a frank darabont masterpiece

  • Sep 11, 2019

    A deep dive in human empathy. Director Frank Darabont's fantasy drama The Green Mile (1999) is a breathtaking achievement combining cinematic beauty, relatable human experience, and brilliant character acting. Darabont brings Stephen King's novel to life as a testament to the power of understanding emotional distress and suffering. All human fear is captured within several death row prison guards and their inmates. We see men willing to either empathize with the pain of those around them or cause atrocious harm to others for their own sadistic intentions. Thomas Newman's beautiful score creeps in for just the most emotional sequences to help build a sense of wonder. The grim lighting reaches its peak with one of cinema's most haunting shots as a man's life is taken during an execution and the frame is centered on Tom Hanks crying while the lights blow out in a triumphant showing of lighting, acting, writing, direction, and cinematography. Darabont achieves film excellence with what I consider his greatest film. That is saying something as he also directed The Shawshank Redemption. The Green Mile is just deeper, universal, and devastating throughout its massive run-time of endless emotional sequences. Furthermore, the fantasy aspect comes with Michael Clarke Duncan's poignant and moving performance as the simple-minded and big-hearted giant named John. Duncan's most touching acting is within his tender eyes, trembling voice, and soft movements in The Green Mile. He gets to portray a sensitive man that can take on the pain of others around him, relieving the agony of everyone he touches. Michael Clarke Duncan died too soon as I wish he got to do more dramatic roles like The Green Mile, but he gifted us with his astonishing display of the empathetic miracle man for The Green Mile. Tom Hanks is perfect as the death row "Green Mile" guard boss Paul. His eyes and mouth exhibit a stunning amount of emotional force that is the key to The Green Mile's success. He's an everyman whom the audience can always relate to compared to the crazy inmates, kindly guards, cruel guards, corrupt officials, and fantasy sequences. Hanks finds an emotional center to his performance that rivals his work in Road to Perdition and Catch Me If You Can. Hanks is actually underappreciated for creating a genuine sense of sympathy and expressive faces. David Morse gives his greatest performance too as the hulking, yet considerate good guard Brutus. His name is ironic considering Brutus is loyal and kindly with a stern hand only for the wicked. Morse is a fantastic counterpart for Tom Hanks to act off of in most scenes. Similarly, Barry Pepper's sympathetic guard Dean is an emotional core for The Green Mile. He always does his job, while also considering his wards. I feel the same about the skeptical and nice Harry, played by the steadfast Jeffrey DeMunn. Bonnie Hunt is great as Hanks' caring and patient wife. James Cromwell delivers a phenomenal performance as a grieving husband worn down by his wife's illness as well as a prison warden who is willing to overlook the rules for people with connections. Speaking of which, you love to hate Doug Hutchinson as the sadistic Percy. His sniveling, cruel, and brutal role represents all the thoughtless prison guards ever to abuse an inmate. He also persists as a classic example of nepotism, narcissism, toxic masculinity, cowardice, and hypocrisy. His thoughtful performance, on the other hand, is unforgettable as the loathsome Percy is forever ingrained in the viewer's mind as the man that stepped on a cute little mouse. On a similar note, Sam Rockwell gives a dark turn as the monstrous Wharton. His incessant teasing and grotesque actions make him one of cinema's sleaziest villains. Michael Jeter is a real tear jerker as the French Creole man Delacroix. His heavy accent is beyond impressive as he just assumes this very difficult character with such a specific accent. His tears bring the same to your eyes. He's a highly sympathetic character who gets arguably the most horrific end to anyone in any film. Likewise, Graham Greene gives a quiet, yet moving performance as the native man condemned to death named Arlen. Patricia Clarkson gets a beautiful role as the infected character Melinda. She is such a ray of sunshine and empathy. You can just tell how warm Clarkson is by her portrayal. Harry Dean Stanton gets a hilarious role as the insane janitor and electric chair rehearsal subject Toot Toot. You will love Gary Sinise's cameo role as Burt. His monologue about the potential evil in some men is haunting and captivating thanks to Sinise's sincere depiction. In all, The Green Mile is simply a feast for fantastic acting expressive and empathetic alike. Darabont's direction is dazzling and grips you the entire duration. It never overstays its welcome thanks to its heartfelt message and poignant performances.

    A deep dive in human empathy. Director Frank Darabont's fantasy drama The Green Mile (1999) is a breathtaking achievement combining cinematic beauty, relatable human experience, and brilliant character acting. Darabont brings Stephen King's novel to life as a testament to the power of understanding emotional distress and suffering. All human fear is captured within several death row prison guards and their inmates. We see men willing to either empathize with the pain of those around them or cause atrocious harm to others for their own sadistic intentions. Thomas Newman's beautiful score creeps in for just the most emotional sequences to help build a sense of wonder. The grim lighting reaches its peak with one of cinema's most haunting shots as a man's life is taken during an execution and the frame is centered on Tom Hanks crying while the lights blow out in a triumphant showing of lighting, acting, writing, direction, and cinematography. Darabont achieves film excellence with what I consider his greatest film. That is saying something as he also directed The Shawshank Redemption. The Green Mile is just deeper, universal, and devastating throughout its massive run-time of endless emotional sequences. Furthermore, the fantasy aspect comes with Michael Clarke Duncan's poignant and moving performance as the simple-minded and big-hearted giant named John. Duncan's most touching acting is within his tender eyes, trembling voice, and soft movements in The Green Mile. He gets to portray a sensitive man that can take on the pain of others around him, relieving the agony of everyone he touches. Michael Clarke Duncan died too soon as I wish he got to do more dramatic roles like The Green Mile, but he gifted us with his astonishing display of the empathetic miracle man for The Green Mile. Tom Hanks is perfect as the death row "Green Mile" guard boss Paul. His eyes and mouth exhibit a stunning amount of emotional force that is the key to The Green Mile's success. He's an everyman whom the audience can always relate to compared to the crazy inmates, kindly guards, cruel guards, corrupt officials, and fantasy sequences. Hanks finds an emotional center to his performance that rivals his work in Road to Perdition and Catch Me If You Can. Hanks is actually underappreciated for creating a genuine sense of sympathy and expressive faces. David Morse gives his greatest performance too as the hulking, yet considerate good guard Brutus. His name is ironic considering Brutus is loyal and kindly with a stern hand only for the wicked. Morse is a fantastic counterpart for Tom Hanks to act off of in most scenes. Similarly, Barry Pepper's sympathetic guard Dean is an emotional core for The Green Mile. He always does his job, while also considering his wards. I feel the same about the skeptical and nice Harry, played by the steadfast Jeffrey DeMunn. Bonnie Hunt is great as Hanks' caring and patient wife. James Cromwell delivers a phenomenal performance as a grieving husband worn down by his wife's illness as well as a prison warden who is willing to overlook the rules for people with connections. Speaking of which, you love to hate Doug Hutchinson as the sadistic Percy. His sniveling, cruel, and brutal role represents all the thoughtless prison guards ever to abuse an inmate. He also persists as a classic example of nepotism, narcissism, toxic masculinity, cowardice, and hypocrisy. His thoughtful performance, on the other hand, is unforgettable as the loathsome Percy is forever ingrained in the viewer's mind as the man that stepped on a cute little mouse. On a similar note, Sam Rockwell gives a dark turn as the monstrous Wharton. His incessant teasing and grotesque actions make him one of cinema's sleaziest villains. Michael Jeter is a real tear jerker as the French Creole man Delacroix. His heavy accent is beyond impressive as he just assumes this very difficult character with such a specific accent. His tears bring the same to your eyes. He's a highly sympathetic character who gets arguably the most horrific end to anyone in any film. Likewise, Graham Greene gives a quiet, yet moving performance as the native man condemned to death named Arlen. Patricia Clarkson gets a beautiful role as the infected character Melinda. She is such a ray of sunshine and empathy. You can just tell how warm Clarkson is by her portrayal. Harry Dean Stanton gets a hilarious role as the insane janitor and electric chair rehearsal subject Toot Toot. You will love Gary Sinise's cameo role as Burt. His monologue about the potential evil in some men is haunting and captivating thanks to Sinise's sincere depiction. In all, The Green Mile is simply a feast for fantastic acting expressive and empathetic alike. Darabont's direction is dazzling and grips you the entire duration. It never overstays its welcome thanks to its heartfelt message and poignant performances.

  • Sep 04, 2019

    Sure it's sappy and melodramatic, but for my 2 cents it works. It's heart-warming and tells an engaging fairy tale. Helps that Michael Clarke Duncan is endlessly charming in it.

    Sure it's sappy and melodramatic, but for my 2 cents it works. It's heart-warming and tells an engaging fairy tale. Helps that Michael Clarke Duncan is endlessly charming in it.

  • Aug 14, 2019

    a collection of compelling characters and and a very interesting plot make for a thrilling movie

    a collection of compelling characters and and a very interesting plot make for a thrilling movie

  • Aug 13, 2019

    How dare you you make me want to cry uncontrollably. The movie at first didn't do a lot to pull me in, but eventually it did. It is a long movie and it feels long. But I have say Michael Clarke Duncan and Tom Hanks were great in this. R.I.P. Michael Clarke Duncan, you will be missed.

    How dare you you make me want to cry uncontrollably. The movie at first didn't do a lot to pull me in, but eventually it did. It is a long movie and it feels long. But I have say Michael Clarke Duncan and Tom Hanks were great in this. R.I.P. Michael Clarke Duncan, you will be missed.

  • Aug 12, 2019

    It's AMAZING FILM. YOU MUST WATCH IT.

    It's AMAZING FILM. YOU MUST WATCH IT.

  • Jul 28, 2019

    My favourite movie ever Love still makes me cry every time

    My favourite movie ever Love still makes me cry every time

  • Jul 26, 2019

    i usually don't cry during movies but this got me worked up (Fantastic movie btw)

    i usually don't cry during movies but this got me worked up (Fantastic movie btw)

  • Jul 15, 2019

    I can literally count the number of movies I’ve cried over in my life on one hand (3 of the 4 were just one or two tears) but this is the only movie I have ever wept and sobbed over. As a huge fan of Stephen King, I was skeptical of his work coming to the big screen, but huge props to director Frank Darabont. I loved how he told the story; the pace is perfect, the tone is light at times but not afraid to get dark and horrific as to the real horrors of death row in the 1930s. I immediately connected with the characters. Tom Hanks is his usual great self as Supervisor prison guard Paul Edgecombe, but the real star is the late Michael Clarke Duncan as the gentle giant inmate John Coffey who is on death row for a crime he did not commit. The execution scene at the end will have you crying your heart out. I cannot say how important it is to watch this movie at least once. It is incredibly devastating and hard to get through, but it is an absolute must see.

    I can literally count the number of movies I’ve cried over in my life on one hand (3 of the 4 were just one or two tears) but this is the only movie I have ever wept and sobbed over. As a huge fan of Stephen King, I was skeptical of his work coming to the big screen, but huge props to director Frank Darabont. I loved how he told the story; the pace is perfect, the tone is light at times but not afraid to get dark and horrific as to the real horrors of death row in the 1930s. I immediately connected with the characters. Tom Hanks is his usual great self as Supervisor prison guard Paul Edgecombe, but the real star is the late Michael Clarke Duncan as the gentle giant inmate John Coffey who is on death row for a crime he did not commit. The execution scene at the end will have you crying your heart out. I cannot say how important it is to watch this movie at least once. It is incredibly devastating and hard to get through, but it is an absolute must see.