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To Kill a Mockingbird

June 22, 2006

Like most books into movies, this movie doesn't work as a movie.  It has no rhythm, no flow, and is way too long.  First you have these little kids running around doing nothing, and I think the little girl was totally unbelievable as a 6 year old.  Then you have a courtroom scene where Atticus makes his case and loses anyway, but gets the respect of the black people and his children.  Then the children get attacked and Boo saves them.  I don't even know if there was a plot, because there's nothing that really ties all the pieces together.  I suppose it could be some sort of "coming of age" story except the kid is only 6 and I don't think she's really changed that much from the beginning to the end.

The Atticus character was pretty one-sided.  Almost like some sort of Jesus character that's all perfect and wise, and I suppose some could say it's how Scout (the narrator) saw her father.  But it doesn't make for dynamic character study or for a good movie.

The beginning reminded me a bit of Goonies.  If they would have thrown in some pirate treasure this could have been an interesting and fun movie.  Or maybe some sort of river-rafting chase from Abraham Lincoln. 

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