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To Kill a Mockingbird: Film Review
Robert Mulligan’s re-make of the novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, was praised worldwide and went on to win “Best Oscar Picture.” To call this movie astonishing would be an understatement, it is brilliant in every single aspect: cinematography; theatric content; tone just to name a few.
The film was released in 1962 starring Mary Badham playing the role of ‘Scout’ and Gregory Peck in the role of ‘Atticus.’ The screenplay is done by Horton Foote and music/soundtrack by Elmer Bernstein. And the director being Robert Mulligan. The film won numerous awards; which are backed up by the 20 million dollars made in the box office.
Set amidst the Great Depression, the film reflects on the racist views at the time through the various characters’ representations. The character who most commonly is referred to as the protagonist, Atticus Finch, goes through a struggle for justice in his quiescent, racist town. He is defending an obviously innocent African – American man charged with raping a young white girl. Atticus risks his reputation around the town and his children’s also as he chooses to defend this man. Peck delivers the classic Atticus lines with fluency helping them really stand out as key moments. One of these lines includes, “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view.”
Meanwhile, the film depicts three years during which Scout and Jem, (Scout’s elder brother) undergo essential changes in their lives and understanding of the world. Scout’s older self; being the narrator; was carried from the book to the script of the film outstandingly. Mulligan did this whilst keeping the ‘tone’ of irony that contributes to why the book was successful. We also watch Scout transition from a tom-boyish immature girl to a well behaved young lady.
On the other hand, Jem had always been well behaved and was out looking for his sister with all the mischief she got herself into. We do not see a change as...