It’s shrewd, how [Mulligan] makes the viewer adore this little girl. Note how, in cutaway shot, Scout isn’t just looking up adoringly at her father, but adjusting her position in bed to be more comfortable. She’s still a child; selfish impulses are constantly rerouting her behavior. Mulligan strengthens this impression with shots of Scout fighting in the schoolyard and running out of the kitchen to go to school.
December 21, 2012