They just don’t make family movies like they used to do they? The feeling of this movie brought me back to some of the ones I watched when I was a child with my parents: Swiss Family Robinson, The Parent Trap, Where the Red Fern Grows… The first time I read “To Kill A Mockingbird” was just a few years ago. Even as an adult, it instantly became one of my favorites. It is a well-written, powerful story for all ages and the same can be said for its film version.
AFI voted Gregory Peck’s portrayal of Atticus Finch as the top hero in all movies. He served as a strong role model to not only his children but to the citizens of his town and Peck was perfect in his role. His attempt to do what was right for a wrongfully accused man is still admired today as several lawyers cite Atticus as their early inspiration. The children who played Scout, Jem and Dill were great little actors as well. While we may have not been able to run around quite like they did, I think many of us saw parts of our own childhood reflected through their story.
This was just a fantastic, enjoyable film and one I would watch again in front of any audience. Like I said before, they just don’t make movies like they used to. We had to rent “To Kill A Mockingbird” from the library since its not on Netflix so next up is actually No. 26 Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.