Green Mile" on DVD
Big Isn't Necessarily
The Green Mile is a Stephen King story, so you know itll
have something supernatural about it.
In this case, its
John Coffey, an apparently gentle giant of a man convicted of murdering
two little girls. He arrives on Death Row (The Green Mile
of the title) at Cold Mountain Pentitentiary to have his last days hosted
by guards led by Tom Hanks and David Morse.
than he appears to be, however, and over the course of the movies
three hour running time (which never drags) we learn about his special
gift and his guilt of the crime for which he was sentenced.
Tom Hanks leads a
great ensemble cast that, besides Morse, includes Michael Clarke Duncan
(a real find!) as Coffey, Bonnie Hunt as Hanks wife, the ubiquitous
James Cromwell as Hanks teams boss, and Michael Jeter as a caged
cajun criminal who adopts a talented mouse named Mr. Jingles.
This is a movie that
works on many levels, and succeeds on them all. There are good guys and
bad guys, and decent guys with the distasteful job of sending the hardened
criminals onto their final journey.
At its heart, the
movie is very much about justice. Its also about Just is,
as in It isnt justice, it just is.
this description doesnt do the film justice, justice is meted out
quite fairly in The Green Mile, for the most part. Those who
deserve a comeuppance get it, those who deserve a break or a miracle
get it; the only one who suffers a fate that isnt just is
a tragic hero who may not deserve the fate handed out, but who welcomes
it nonetheless as a release from the pain of living.
This is a bittersweet,
though quite uplifting, movie, and an enjoyable return to the directors
chair of Frank Darabont, who also wrote the screenplay and who in 1994
made the King-inspired Shawshank Redemption. Darabont shows
a sure touch in this great-looking period piece and gives us characters
about whom we can really care either positively or negatively.
The DVD is presented
in widescreen, with Dolby Digital 5.1 audio, and the quality of both is
terrific. You also get Walking the Mile, a documentary on
the making of the film, as well as production notes and the trailer.
The Green Mile, from
Warner Home Video
181 minutes, Widescreen (2.35:1), Dolby Digital
Starring Tom Hanks, David Morse, Bonnie Hunt, Michael Clarke Duncan, James
Produced by David Valdes and Frank Darabont
Written and Directed Frank Darabont
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