08 October 2010
To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
Atticus says cheating a black man is ten times worse than cheating a white.
So basically: In Depression-era Alabama, Scout Finch tells of a year in her young life when her father, Atticus Finch, was working on a particularly trying case. A black man is accused of raping a young woman, with Atticus representing him. Scout also tells of her first year at school and a new boy, Dill, spending the summers at her neighbours. The two, along with Scout’s older brother, Jem, get to know the local spook, Arthur ‘Boo’ Radley, a shut-in with rumours circulating about him stabbing his father.
Okay, so before this viewing I had “read” the book in school and the teacher also put the movie on for us … I have to admit, I only saw the second half. And I have to tell you, I found the book boring and the movie wasn’t any better. On this viewing, I learned not to hate the movie so much, but I still don’t think it’s as great as everyone seems to think it is. Okay, so there are some very important lessons on how intolerance and prejudice is wrong, but a lot of stories have that and it’s not anything special to this particular story (it might have been groundbreaking then to have a book/movie deal with it, but that’s no grounds for an amazing story). So yeah, there’s some merit, but the story overall isn’t very interesting and the characters are all boring. I also don’t find Gregory Peck to be a fine actor ...
Don’t hate, but I don’t think this deserves to be on the list.
Ziggi seal of disapproval!