Harper Lee’s “To kill a mockingbird“ – movie review

Post your favourite quote and a short review on this masterpiece of literature and its movie adaptation. 

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  • “The one thing that doesn’t abide by majority rule is one’s conscience.“

    This movie deals with the profoundest human emotions and feelings: innocence and guilt, kindness and brutality, love and hatred. No wonder that the novel has been translated into more than forty languages and is considered a masterpiece of literature.

  • “Things are never as bad as they seem.”

    I especially like the characters Harper Lee created in his timeless story. Scout, a six-year-old girl, tells us about diverse happenings in her small hometown Maycomb and gives us insight into the court case of Tom Robinson. Tom Robinson is black and is accused of raping and beating a white woman. Atticus Finch, father of Scout, takes over his defense. Scout’s storytelling is pure and honest, and very believable.

  • “People generally see what they look for and hear what they listen for.”

    This movie teaches us an important lesson – we should stand up for what’s right even if the majority is against us. We learn a lot about prejudice and poverty. One of the most moving scenes in the movie is the lynch scene when Atticus responds to brutality with empathy and calmness.

  • “Mockingbirds don’t do one thing but make music for us to enjoy. They don’t eat up people’s gardens, don’t nest in corncribs, they don’t do one thing but sing their hearts out for us. That’s why it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.”

    The story is well-built as it is dialectic: African-Americans oppose Whites during the Great Depression Era and at a time when slavery was abolished not even a century ago. When Atticus, the lawyer, takes over the case of Tom Robinson the story becomes suspenseful and shockingly intriguing. Will Tom Robinson be sentenced guilty or innocent? A really good read!

  • “It’s never an insult to be called what somebody thinks is a bad name. It just shows you how poor that person is, it doesn’t hurt you.”

    Prejudice and racial discrimination are the core topics of this movie. What I am missing is some lightness. Sure, it makes us understand that minorities are vulnerable and that they often face prejudice and severe consequences.

  • “Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing.”

    Scout is a symbol of courage, curiosity and intelligence. It is a pleasure to be part of her story. While most girls her age love dresses and butterflies, Scout has learnt to climb trees with her brother. Her father Atticus has educated her well, she has become an open-minded and forthright individual.

  • “The one thing that doesn’t abide by majority rule is a person’s conscience.”

    I appreciate the cast in this movie. To my mind, all actors and actresses are very natural and believable. The movie gained an overwhelmingly positive response in the 1970s and is still must-see. It’s a shame that we no longer see Mary Badham (as Scout Finch) and Gregory Peck (as Atticus Finch) on our screens.