The Guilty Innocent

If you only read one book in your life, read To Kill a Mockingbird. The same goes for the equally extraordinary movie. I (like most people my age) first read To Kill a Mockingbird when I was a Freshmen in High School. It’s one of the those books that you’re required to read in school. After reading the book, we watched the movie. I always like watching old black & white movies with a class, because it’s nice to see “regular” teenagers watch movies that I see on a normal basis. In case you’re unfamiliar, To Kill a Mockingbird is a coming-of-age/courtroom drama about kids growing up in an unforgiving world. Scout and her brother Jem live with their father who’s a lawyer named Atticus Finch. A lot happens, but the most important thing is the court case for Tom Robinson. A scene so powerful that Atticus Finch was named the greatest movie hero of all time. Gregory Peck crafts a character who is stern, but also very compassionate. Another important plot point involves a shut-in named Boo Radley that the children befriend. I guess you could say that the central themes are not to judge a person by what you see on the surface. “It would be like killing a mockingbird.” To Kill a Mockingbird is a movie that will always be relevant no matter how old it gets. If you haven’t seen it yet, then why are you still reading this review? Go watch it right now!

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Atticus Finch (left) defends Tom Robinson (right)

One thought on “The Guilty Innocent

  1. Whenever I meet someone who tells me that black-and-white films are boring or that straight dramas don’t hold their interest, I point to this film. It’s a real labour of love from everyone involved.
    Few things are as moving as Atticus and his walk out of the courtroom at the trial’s end. A true slice of cinematic perfection.

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