Talk about an adaption!
I’m a massive fan of Harper Lee’s novel, and the work that went into adapting it to the big screen is astoundingly impressive. The feeling and atmosphere of the book remains fully intact, while events are combined, trimmed, or adjusted for the different format. And yet, some of the dialogue and some of my favorite moments from the book appear verbatim on screen!
Every performance is incredible, with immensely talented child actors, and Gregory Peck turning in a breathtaking performance as Atticus. The casting of each character is also just so spot-on that it hurts. But in a good way. Like, the best way.
After being stung a bit by A Wrinkle In Time earlier this year, watching this film restored my hope and trust in adaptions of books that I love. There’s not a thing To Kill A Mockingbird does poorly, and it does so much right. Oh, it does so much right.