Every film from Roger Ebert's "Great Movies" essays.
The Shawshank Redemption
Fear can hold you prisoner. Hope can set you free.
Framed in the 1940s for the double murder of his wife and her lover, upstanding banker Andy Dufresne begins a new life at the Shawshank prison, where he puts his accounting skills to work for an amoral warden. During his long stretch in prison, Dufresne comes to be admired by the other inmates -- including an older prisoner named Red -- for his integrity and unquenchable sense of hope.
Shawshank may not be THE best film ever made, but is certainly one of them.
One of the most impressive King adaptations, and shows the entire cast at their greatest.
It expresses the need for friendship, bravery, hope, and above all - freedom.
If you ever feel down,
If you ever feel like giving up,
If you ever feel like nothing is gonna workout,
If you ever feel hopeless,
If you ever feel like dying,
Watch this film. It is a miraculous medicine. It is a wonderful movie.
Film #51 of Project 90
”Let me tell you something my friend. Hope is a dangerous thing. Hope can drive a man insane.”
Why The Shawshank Redemption is such a popular movie? It is well-made and well-paced, Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman are perfect in their roles and Frank Darabont’s ability of narrating the story without hiccups and his charming way of using multiple supporting characters to add more depth to the story of his two protagonists make the experience enjoyable and rewarding. But can a movie reach the success of Shawshank only by being cinematically perfect? There should be some kind of an explanation for its matchless popularity, but first you need to pick a keyword and then form…
It's been about five years since I watched The Shawshank Redemption and what strikes me most about it is how restrained the story telling is. Some have said it drags, especially the second half, but I can't really see where the seconds could be shaved off. I want a story that takes its time. The action and the pacing is in their faces, in the minds of these men, watching them cope with their incarceration and what it does to a man. Just like for Andy and Red, time moves slowly, but meaningfully.
I think the brilliance of the film has to be due to the wonderful performances from Tim Robbins and, especially, Morgan Freeman. The voice over might seem…
"Get busy livin' or get busy dyin'." - Red
There. I watched it. I am now a free man. It was good. Great. Excellent, in fact. Still over-rated, but could it be anything else? My heart lies firmly with Pulp Fiction and no amount of "Oh, it's the greatest film ever 'cause IMDB says so!" could make it anything other than a disappointment. But I've been disappointed far more violently than this.
All the critical acclaim I can see is to do with the feel-good nature of the film, and it has this in shed-loads. Good guys find redemption, bad guys get owned and Morgan Freeman is sympathetically wrinkly. In fact, it isn't just a feel-good film, it's a feel-freakin'…
Me and my mum were completely immersed in Shawshank, sitting in silence, watching intently. My brother arrived home from work and burst through the door, making noise like an elephant on crack. I kept telling him to shut up so we could watch in silence again.
Eventually he came in and watched with us, joining in with the silence. Within a minute, my mum starts to speak and my brother tells her to shut up.
Now that's what I call immersive storytelling.
My all time favorite movie, phenomenal.
CLÁSSICO. Filme maravilhoso. atuações e direção impecáveis.
It was pretty good. Feel good shit with solid story and plot structure. It's a bit overly familiar and doesn't have much to say, or say anything we haven't heard before from much better films. Still solidly directed, acted, and written. Feels a bit too easy of a film though.
It seems like an obvious choice for a "favorite film" but I could care less, it's fucking flawless.
The Shawshank Redemption holds a special place in my heart. I never fail to find myself captivated by Red and his friend Andy Dufresne. After countless viewings on TBS during my childhood and dozens more during my adulthood, Shawshank remains my favorite movie.
I can't help but smile when Andy succeeds. When he earns his colleagues on the tar factory roof a round of beers, or when he blasts music throughout the prison while a guard is literally caught with his pants down or when he knowingly smiles at the warden as he cons him out of his stolen wealth. I always connect with the optimistic underdog rising up and out of his circumstances to fight for a life that…
"Brooks was here..."
"...so was Red."
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Not nearly as terrible as all the fucking hype would suggest
**Part of the Best Picture Project**
Simultaneously one of the most overrated and underrated films ever made. Overrated in its massive praise as being one of the best films ever made, which it is not in any sense of the word. Underrated in the sense that the massive pieces of criticism devoted to labeling this as an awful movie are equally hyperbolic, and miss what this film does so well.
What does this movie do well? Blend structured storytelling into being both just a story and a plot filled one. On a first watch, it feels like it's simply a prison epic, detailing the lives of these two guys over the decades at the Shawshank prison. On a second watch,…
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