It’s that time of the month again, when we talk about what you NEED to be watching on Netflix right this very second. So far in this series we’ve talked about Tina Fey’s most recent T.V. project, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Jon Stewart’s directorial debut Rosewater, the BBC’s Luther and now To Kill A Mockingbird.
To Kill A Mockingbird just popped up as newly added to Netflix, and if you haven’t ever watched it, or it’s been a long time, go watch it right now. If you haven’t read the book, get on that business and then start on the new Harper Lee novel, Go Set A Watchman, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves.
There couldn’t be a more currently politically relevant movie than To Kill A Mockingbird, which is set in the South in the 1930’s, in the heat of racial segregation. Right now the world is a hotbed of racism and boiling racial tensions, the United States in particular, and no matter where you stand on the issue, To Kill A Mockingbird is full of useful, interesting, thoughtful dialogue about seeing the problem of racism as a whole. It’s a movie narrated from a child’s point of view, the brilliantly sensitive 6-year-old tomboy Scout, and her confusion about the gross racial misconduct of the time, particularly as her father Atticus, an attorney in their small Alabama town, defends a black man accused of rape, which throws Scout into the line of fire for bullying in the neighborhood.
There aren’t enough words in the English language to illustrate properly the beauty of the book, let alone the adaptation into a movie, with the incomparable Gregory Peck playing Atticus. It’s one of the few movies of all time that holds up to the book, maybe even matches it in tenor and beauty. It’s timeless and so, so important to watch, to think about, to take into your heart.
So go! Go watch to Kill A Mockingbird right this very minute.