Sunday, June 01, 2008

Movie review: To Kill a Mockingbird

A remarkable adaptation of Harper Lee's novel. It's very true to the story, and well-acted. Gregory Peck brings an understated dignity to Atticus Finch, the small-town southern Depression-era lawyer appointed to defend a black man against charges that he raped a white woman. The story is told through the eyes of his daughter, Scout, as an adult, in reminiscences of a few months surrounding her first year of school.

The mockery of a trial is only one of several adventures that Scout and her brother Jem have that summer and fall. Each serves ultimately to show that you shouldn't judge by appearance.

The movie is brilliantly acted, and the children turn in excellent performances. I'd put this movie on the cusp of my 100 favorites. If not in the top 100, at least in the top 200.

It's a must-watch at least once for anyone.

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