Movie Review No. 1: To Kill a Mockingbird (1960) (SPOILERS)MontyPython Note: YOU READ THE TITLE! If you want to see the film or read the book, go do so BEFORE reading this post. This post has MAAAAAAAAJOOOOOOR spoilers. Seriously, this is like the shock factor overall in this book/film. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED......
To Kill a Mockingbird was a book I read at first, when I was small of course. Around... 7th grade. I knew every little detail and adored it.
Later.... At the age of 18 (now), I had a discussion about the book with my roommate, whom loves the book and film and can recite almost every line by heart.
Suddenly, I realized something...
I had forgotten almost everything about it! Was Tom pleaded innocent or guilty?!?!
Instead of reading the book again (which I decided to do later), I decided to watch the movie! I hadn't had seen it before, and I heard it was groundbreaking. So I went to my local video store and bought a copy! Hours later, I watched it, and....
LORD, I CANNOT STOP CRYING.
Atticus' final summary of the case was so thought provoking and well done! (I tip my hat to you, Gregory Peck!) And of course, you KNEW Tom is completely innocent! Suddenly, the final conclusion occurs...
Is Tom pleaded guilty or innocent?
The jury stands, as well does Tom, and a man speaks, "We the jury find Tom Robertson guilty as charged."
That left me sneering and biting my lip, holding back very angered tears. Then guess what ended me on the ground, curled up in a ball, and sobbing?
"Tom Robinson is dead."
After pausing the movie and dragging myself to the bathroom to calm down, I realized something.
This world is cruel, but instead of calling it cruel, call it reality. This world is reality. And this movie made me realize that.
Everything can't be happy in the end. Not everyone's going to get their happily ever after. Even if they deserve it, no matter how much they achieved. And no matter how much evidence they give, no matter how much you grab someone's attention and make them believe... Reality might sneak up behind you and just take a knife and slam it against your back.
To Kill a Mocking Bird is an impressive, groundbreaking film. It really catches the eye and makes you look at things in two different ways. It also taught me this: EVERY SMALL DETAIL COUNTS.
Atticus' case and his explanations taught me this. He pointed out all the small things nobody cared for, and showed that they're actually proving something that can change someone's LIFE!
This movie is unbelievably amazing, as well with the book. If I had to be honest, I'm sorry, but I loved the movie better by a landslide. Gregory Peck's performance blew me away.
Overall, I give it a 8.6 out of 10. Outstanding, beautiful, emotional, and just plain amazing. Easily in the top 25 films of all time. I would watch it again, and again, and again.