I love watching this movie. Even after several times, I still find it is interesting movie and worth to watch. That is not only because how good the late Michael Clarke Duncan plays as John Coffey, …. But most important is the story about John Coffey itself. I know it is only a fiction adapted from Steven King’s novel, still it affects me and make me thinking about it further.
The story about John Coffey is the most an unfortunate-tragic life event that could happen to any man. As a human being, he is blessed with a supernatural magical power in which he could make a life miracle. He cures Paul Edgecomb’s (played by Tom Hanks) bladder infection, brings back to life of Mr. Jingles (a mouse that killed by Percy Wetmore, by crushing him with his boots) and heals the cancer infected wife of Warden Hal Moores, head of the death row prison. He also has the most pure, innocent and saintly soul as a child, who trapped in the gigantic and powerful frame black man (almost 7 ft tall). As he’s mentally like an innocent child, he is then unable to defend himself when he is found crying with two dead white little girls on his laps and their blood’s all over his hands; by that time, he’s actually trying to revive them, but too late. For all people who seen it, and for his inability to deny it, he is then being convicted of raping and murdering that two little girls and sentenced to death. Even though John then reveals the truth about the crime physically to Paul, Paul can do nothing to release him from the death penalty. When Paul asks John what he wants him to do, John explains that he wants to be executed and die so he can finally rest in peace from the cruelty and pains of the world.
John says, “I’m tired, Boss. Tired of being on the road, lonely as sparrow in the rain. I’m tired of never having a buddy to be with, to tell me where we’re going to, coming from or why. Mostly, I’m tired of people being ugly to each other”.
What make me continued to be sad and can’t stop weeping is how such beautiful soul with miracle ability is being treated as criminal; how life could be so harsh and cruel to him; why fate doesn’t give him a little favor/mercy? It’s just too sad and painful story; good that it is only a fiction.