The Green Mile
takes place around 1935 in a prison environment, with a touch
of Stephen King's supernatural twists. This is a story with miracles,
even on Death Row.
It's told almost entirely in flashbacks,
about 3 hours in fact. But I didn't mind the length; it worked
With an outstanding cast, it's seriously
sad, uplifting, and funny.
Yes, it's the same director, using a Stephen
King story to make another motion picture about a prison--but
if you think you're going to see another Shawshank Redemption,
you couldn't be more wrong.
In fact, this is more like the flip side
of Shawshank: Shawshank dealt with prison life,
people waiting out their time. The Green Mile deals with
Death Row and the fact that life ends. Shawshank dealt
with brutality and redemption, while The Green Mile deals
with compassion and hope.
It's an unusual motion picture that gives
you plenty of time to know everyone. Well written, well acted,
and well worth seeing.
The Green Mile has
a big musical score: here's a couple of heavenly songs from the
movie (plays Star Dust and Dancing Cheek to Cheek).
The film has a big miracle man who creates
at least three divine healings. The cast is big and good. The
story is big and long and shocking, perhaps the most horrifying
execution scene ever filmed.