Film review of "To Kill A Mockingbird"

Essay by the_undertaker5High School, 10th grade December 2006

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Racial discrimination is a major theme within the film "To Kill a Mockingbird" when Tom Robinson, a man of African heritage, is falsely accused of raping a young white girl. His attorney, a white man named Atticus Finch, gives solid evidence in Tom's favour, but the jury still finds Tom guilty and he is sent to prison. I believe that this famous film adapted from an even more famous book effectively communicates its message with an entertaining, suspenseful approach.

The message of this film is that people should be true to themselves and treat all human beings equally. Atticus and his children behaved this way even when there were intense pressures to follow the townspeople's prejudice. Human beings have an impulse to be loyal to their kinsmen and this impulse can sometimes emerge in the form of discrimination. During the film, even though in their hearts they know that Tom is innocent, the jury still finds him guilty because they feel that they would be letting down their peers if they decided otherwise.

There is a very systematic approach to how the film illustrates its message. The plot unfolds throughout the entire film and the scene in which Tom is found guilty is very intense. Atticus did the right thing and everyone knew it. This is the point in the film when I think that the message most strongly comes through. While all the white townsfolk were against Tom, Atticus and his family stood up for him and this is why he ends up appearing as emotionally triumphant, even though Tom is found guilty by the jury of townspeople.

This film displays its message incredibly well through the use of good camera angles, excellent actors, and solid directing. The message is very clear and appears several times...