Few films have caught the special feel and rhythms of childhood so well, with such uncondescending warmth and humor. And few bring out more powerfully the themes of anti-racism and the virtues and joys of community and family. [20 Apr 2007, p.C5]
To Kill a Mockingbird is a faithful adaptation of one of the 20th century's most important American works of literature. It is also a masterpiece in its own right. This is one of those rare productions where everything is in place - a superior script, a perfect cast, and a director who has a clear vision and achieves what he sets out to do.
The adaption of one of the most famous books ever written, is nothing short of exceptional.
The casting of Peck as Atticus Finch is perfect, The script is as tight as the book and it's impact as profound.
As Mulligan so deftly demonstrates, the story is in the characters, their failings and fragility, their heroism and nobility of spirit. It's in the depiction of heart-breaking cruelty and heart-warming humanity. It's in the innocence of a child's world overshadowed by the evil that adults do.
Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch is one of the greatest performances of all time. This character alone is enough to make this filma masterpiece. The remainder of the film is great. Good pacing, acting, and cinematography make this film great.
Based upon literary opus of Harper Lee, the quest for justice of a idealist advocate in the Depression age, in the prejudiced south of US, through the eyes of the innocence of childhood. Gregory Peck in one his essential performances. A must to see before you die.
To start with, the book is absolutely wonderful with great characters and a moving story. To Kill a Mockingbird is one of the best adaptations of a book, it is not only faithful to the source material but it almost improves on it. Do I have any criticisms? Not really, other than to say that the film is a tad overlong for my liking. But it is a brilliant film, with a beautifully crafted story that still maintains the emotional punch of the book about a lawyer in the Deep South and the effect of the **** trial on his children. The film is beautifully shot, the whole film is incredible to watch, and the score is sensitive. The script is effective and sticks closely to the book, and the direction from Robert Mulligan is very impressive. The acting is really good, I have read that Henry Fonda would have been better for Atticus Finch, although Fonda was a great actor, Gregory Peck does give a superb and career-best performance in this film. And he is very well supported by an excellent Robert Duvall as disturbed Boo Radley, while Mary Badham and Phillip Alford are very well-cast as the children. Overall, a wonderful and faithful adaptation and just an excellent film really. 9.5/10 Bethany Cox
This movie has been made in a high quality but not for today, for its time. we have more progressed & brighter minds in 21st century & we will never see movies, songs or any social platforms implying issues like the one in this film, this way; we've got more insight about it now. So I found it expired, too direct & boring as a consequence.