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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'…
There are some films that you cannot wait to see. Some have your favorite actors or a director you admire greatly as the spur to draw you in so that anticipation of watching something extraordinary becomes paramount. Sometimes however a film gets such a groundswell of rave reviews or a box office bonanza that it initially puts you off. Avatar was just such a film for me but occasionally the hype that surrounds certain films, old and new, can have a negative effect. The Shawshank Redemption is regarded in the same vein as the likes of The Godfather as one of the greatest movies of all time, and just like Pulp Fiction for whatever reason it's taken me twenty years…
It's been an unacceptable amount of time since I've been able to just enjoy a movie instead of sitting in nit-picky judgment the whole way through. I cannot believe this ugly cover art kept me from watching this masterpiece for so long.... Guess I should've taken "never judge a book by its cover" into account.
In blatant honesty, the single time I cried during the film was when Brooks talked about how he hoped Jake the crow would come visit him but he never did. Ugly sobbing. I'm going to get a pet crow.
It's just that there are so many things about 'The Shawshank Redemption' that I could rave about to the point where I'm so overwhelmed I feel like I'm reduced to babbling on about Jake the crow. Trust me, Jake the crow is excellent, but so is the rest of the movie....it's just too complex for description from my vocabulary apparently.
Highly emotional movie.
This truly is one of the greatest pieces of cinema. Absolutely nothing wrong with it. It's always engaging, never a dull moment in the story or with the characters. Every scene has a purpose, every line of dialogue has some type of sentimental meaning and value. The first time i sat down and watched this film, i was in awe. It took me on such an emotional journey and made its mark in my life. Now, i've seen it over 5 times and it's my second favorite film of all time, maybe even tied with my first The Dark Knight. My god. Pure movie magic.
If I ever go to prison, I hope I'm there with Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman. (I'm not actually planning on going to prison.)
Shawshank is a powerful and beautiful film with a fantastic story and amazing characters. A true classic.
Resplendent cinema as Freeman's narration provides the perfect backing track for this tale of hope and despair of one convict's life behind bars. The brilliance is take a simple story and build a full epic following the events unfolding around Robbins lead.
Bruno Dias, isto é que é um filme perfeito!
The struggle to retain hope in the most dire of circumstances, not to forget who you are at your core, and to rise above impediments and never lose faith in yourself.