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Although Colin Firth and Reese Witherspoon gave outstanding performances as Ron Lax and Pam Hobbs, the movie depicted events that most hard core supporters have known about for many years. The movie doesn't necessarily point any fingers, however, I would have liked to see the point of view from a different angle. I didn't feel the movie did it as well as the book. Ms. Leveritt's book specifies what her opinion [based on the facts she knew at the time] was regarding suspects. Her book was well written, as was the screenplay. It was gritty, emotionally charged, but seemed to demonize Damien Echols more than the WMPD did in 1993. Yet, at the same time, it focused on Jessie Misskelley's suggestibility, [if one has ever spoken to Jessie, and I have, he or she would spot it in an instant] as well as Jason's shock when the verdict and penalties were announced in court. I was there for the Echols/Baldwin penalty phase hearing, and no one can describe it better than someone who saw it. I never want to see anything like it again, because I was torn due to my belief that Jessie, Damien, and Jason were wrongly convicted, I had extreme sympathy and empathy for the families who lost their children. It was heart wrenching to see the families of the accused treated as if they had committed crimes as well as their sons.Read more ›
Given the wealth of material already out there about the West Memphis Three case, Egoyan's decision to take on a dramatic interpretation of events is a mystery. It's a no-win scenario if there ever was one. Get it right and people will say the film basically wrote itself; get it wrong and you get Devil's Knot, which is flimsy, unnecessary, and manages to turn a compelling true story into something dull.
There doesn't seem to be much that co-writers Scott Derrickson (of Sinister fame) and Paul Boardman have done other than take what we already know and get A-listers like Reese Witherspoon and Colin Firth to reenact it. Witherspoon takes on the role of Pam Hobbs, who one normal day in 1993 allows her son Steve to go out and play with his friends, warning him to be back in time for her to get to work. But when the boy doesn't show up, it begins a firestorm of rage and accusations that consume this small, devout Southern town.Read more ›
First of all, a movie of this length does not do any justice to the case itself. I felt like I was watching a very poor dramatization of the Paradise Lost movies. Though Pamela Hobbs has now supported the West Memphis 3, originally she did not seem to have any doubt that they were guilty. It makes for a somewhat good story but not convincing in this case.
Second, there was truly no additional dialogue or nod to any information other than the Paradise Lost movies... with the exception of some of the Ron Lax additions.
Third, i can see why Damien was angry about this. i can only imagine what the original script was. Sure, he was a messed up kid but, hell, who wasn't at that age? There were a lot of us emo goth kids. The movie did nothing but cast a shadow of guilt on him which, after all these years, is what he has been trying to get away from.
Last, I can enjoy a good movie based on a book but this movie was not entertaining. It was flat, dull and simply did not even make you feel the anger or sympathy that any of the documentaries did. And with a movie like this, there is really a lot of material to increase the drama.
Overall, I cannot recommend this at all. Read Devil's Knot, watch the Paradise Lost trilogy and West of Memphis. These men and those poor little boys deserved better than this Hollywood trash.
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One of my all time favorite movies. Such a sad true story. Some facts were left out and over dramatized but that's Hollywood for you!Published 1 month ago by Tracy Ann
The story line was pretty much spot on with actual facts from the crime.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Excellent movie...but VERY sad on sooo many levels...Published 2 months ago by Major Amazon Purchaser