Scene Analysis of "The Green Mile"

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The film The Green Mile was originally written by Stephen King and later directed by Frank Darabont. It is based on the guards and inmates of a penitentiary’s Death Row during the great depression. There is a certain monotony that comes with working on Death Row and Paul Edgecomb, played by Tom Hanks, has become numb to the fact that he is paid to take lives; that is until John Coffey gets sentenced to death and is sent to Paul’s “green mile”. John Coffey is a very large black man that was accused of rape and murder of two little girls, and in the 1930’s having charges like that brought upon you was grounds for the death penalty, especially for a black man in the south. Through the movie we see that although large in nature, John is quite a softie at heart and is even afraid of sleeping in the dark. As the audience we also see that John has a special talent of being able to bring living things back to life if they have passed away or are plagued with an incurable sickness. He shows his talent by taking away Paul’s Urinary Tract Infection, as well as bringing Mr. Jingles the mile’s mouse back to life. The guards realize John’s gift and sneak him off the mile to try and cure their supervisor’s wife’s rapidly deteriorating health. John ends up taking her illness away and turning back the hands of time on her so she looks like the young woman she really is. In the end we find out that John had not raped and killed the two little girls he was found with, but instead he had happened upon them and tried to bring them back to life; only it was too late. Seeing the fantastical nature of the situation the guards who knew the truth were unable to free John of the charges he was facing and they had to kill him anyways. The scene I am ana... ... middle of paper ... that I fell in love with. But most of all I love how the story line is a great overlap into the cinematically engaging movie. There is a great use of camera, timing, shots and story line that are portrayed in this movie without being too overwhelming. This allows the audience to relax during the movie and just take in the scenes as a story from reality. To this day, and even still doing this paper I still come to find different aspects of the movie that I missed the previous times I have watched it. Works Cited Alford, Terry L., L. C. Feldman, and James W. Mayer. Fundamentals of Nanoscale Film Analysis. New York: Springer, 2007. Print. Allen, Richard. Wittgenstein, Theory and the Arts. New York: Routledge, 2001. Print. Barsam, Richard. Looking at Movies An Introduction to Film, Second Edition (Set with DVD). New York: W. W. Norton, 2006. Print.
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