After all these years, I finally read the book To Kill a Mockingbird: 50th Anniversary Edition, soon to be followed up with this classic film.
Over the years, I had seen tidbits of this movie on TV, so it was a real treat to finally view it in its entirety.
Narrated in voice-over by “Scout,” we first glimpse the Southern lifestyle of the thirties as three children explore their neighborhood. They are obsessed with catching a glimpse of Boo Radley, about whom much has been whispered amongst the neighbors. Like many rumors, there is much more to the story, which will become apparent toward the end of the movie.
The stark black and white images perfectly depicted the settings and the deprivation of this small town world. Yet despite their lack of material trappings, the children found plenty to amuse themselves, utilizing their minds and their imaginations.
The themes of the film are fear, racism, and integrity—and the latter trait was depicted most notably by Gregory Peck’s Atticus Finch.
The lessons in understanding and empathy came specifically from Atticus, as spoken to his children: You never really know a person until you walk for awhile in his shoes.
This film To Kill a Mockingbird (Collector’s Edition) is still very relevant, despite the fact that some race relations have been improved. The messages of acceptance and tolerance, as well as integrity, are still important today.