Saturday, September 10, 2016

To Kill A Mocking Bird

I had seen To Kill a Mockingbird at some point long ago (I also read the book in grade school and really loved it). Watching it again, I just couldn't muster up all the love for it that everybody has. Atticus Finch's patient and wise explanations of life began to take on a monotonous tone. The adventures of Scout and her brother and their friend had a faded charm. The trial of the wrongfully accused black man touched on all the well-known wrongs of racism, particularly in the South. The coming of age trope and mood of lost innocence is okay, but very familiar. The story is a good solid one, the acting pretty good. But in the 21st Century it seems to lack nuance and feels laden with cliches.

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