Before I share my experience watching To Kill a Mockingbird for the first time let me elaborate with you my relationship with this story.
Last year during a visit to the library my mother found and checked out the iconic novel To Kill a Mockingbird. I had heard about this book for years and decided to try and read it. My sister read it first. She ran through it in a matter of days. It was potentially one of the fastest times I’ve ever seen her finish a book, specifically lately. I tried to read it after her and unfortunately I couldn’t get into it. I tried and tried and I made it about a quarter into the story before I gave up.
My mother implored me to finish it one day. Once I learned it had been adapted into a movie I would always reply, “I’ll watch the movie.” So I did…last night…and now I know why people love the book so much. The book that I now will have to read.
To Kill a Mockingbird, starring Gregory Peck who would go on to win an Oscar for Best Actor in this film (by the way, he looks EXACTLY as I imagined Atticus Finch to look in the novel which was AMAZING), started kind of slow just like the book but it soon built into a story that bluntly revealed the ugliness of our society in a truly heartbreaking and tear-inducing fashion.
I thought I knew how this story was going to end. I was horrified by the actual result.