I think it’s been universally acknowledged that everyone would like to have Atticus Finch as a father. A man who always does the right thing, make beautiful speeches, and do it all while rocking a three piece suit in the middle of the summer. I mean, there is a reason that he is the number one hero is the eye’s of the American Film Institute.
So in case you slept through high school English, To Kill a Mockingbird, based off the book written by Harper Lee by the same name, is told through the perspective of a young girl named Scout. It details her experience over a year as her father, Atticus (played by Gregory Peck), defends a black man in a case against a white woman in a small town in Alabama. It’s pretty darn inspiring.
Obviously the children in the movie are adorable. You got Scout, the classic tomboy, rocking the overalls like her big brother Jem. While their friend Dill is owning his preppy clothes way before any frat guys.
And of course Atticus Finch is everything you could ever want in a person, his wife must have been twelve types of awesome. At first, I was heartbroken that Atticus seemed pretty alone. But hello Miss. neighbor, eating breakfast with his family pretty darn early in the morning. I see right through you Maudie Atkinson, but I support you, because Atticus is so awesome he needs some love.
The later half of the movie focuses mainly in the courtroom, where all the actors just happen to bring their A-est of games. Tom Robinson (the black man on trial) brings it until it can’t be brought no more. And then Mayella Ewell, the woman accusing Robinson of raping her, nails the character and you want to simultaneously slap her in the face then pay for her therapy sessions. It’s amazing and horrifying all at the same time.
I might have cried after the trial, I could blame my hormones, but that would just be a lie because I always cry. I’m not gonna spoil the ending, I’m just gonna say ask where are 12 Angry Men when you need them?
Obviously Gregory Peck won the Academy Award for Best Actor, and the little girl Scout was nominated too, at ten years old, and was actually the youngest person to be nominated for an Academy Award at that time. Apparently the actress who played Scout and Gregory Peck remained good friends, which is probably one of the most adorable things ever.
Just like the book, the movie was phenomenal.
Rating: 5 out of 5 times Gregory Peck rocked the three piece suit in the middle of the summer