Sunday, May 15, 2011

Movie with Abe: Hey, Boo (Capsule Review)

Hey, Boo: Harper Lee and To Kill a Mockingbird
Directed by Mary Murphy
Released May 13, 2011

It’s hard not to like “To Kill a Mockingbird.” In fact, it’s easy to be moved by the story, both in book and cinematic form. What’s extraordinarily interesting to discover is that Harper Lee, its famed author, never again published another book and in fact rarely makes any public appearances to discuss it. The film is a tribute to the work’s legacy and to the woman who created it, doubling as an essay on the impact of the book and film and an investigation into the subsequent hibernation of Lee. There isn’t necessarily a grand point to be made or anything to be uncovered about why Lee has shied away from the public eye, but a celebration of “To Kill a Mockingbird” is still a damn good reason to see a film.


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