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'…
After watching Gilda for the first time yesterday, I thought I should revisit Shawshank again for the fourth time. While I don't believe it is the greatest film ever made as IMDB claims (IMDB is shit anyway) I do believe it is the best Stephen King adaptation out there. It's a clever, powerful, and breathtaking masterpiece.
Excelente filme, mas só fica bom depois dos primeiros 50 minutos. Mas o final é surpreendente e não é à toa que está no topo do IMDB.
I am going to get so much hate for this review. I love this movie, but it wasn't perfect movie I was hoping for. It was extremely slow, which subtracted from my grade. But I love the story, the acting, the characters, and most of all, Morgan Freeman's narration. I love this movie. But as I said, it was extremely slow until the last 45 minutes. The ending was also great. I cried at the end.
Un clasico, no hay pelicula que se le compare, excelentes actuaciones, excelente guion, excelente final pero sobre todo eso excelente mensaje.
Siempre hay algo por que vivir, a pesar de que es una pelicula filmada hace tiempo nunca parece ni un dia de vieja.
Me encantó. Al principio de la película no tanto, pero con forme avanza y sobre todo el final son impresionantes.
My favourite film. It's beautiful, it really is. It's never boring, and that's great for it's lengthy runtime. This is the film that really made me appreciate cinema. It helps you understand how versatile and delicate you need to be to make a film. Always brings a tear to my eye.
This movie is the highest rated on IMDB and rightfully so.
If this isn´t the best movie of all time it sure is close.
Both performances by Morgan Freeman and Tim Robbins are great.
If it exist something called a must-see movie this is it!
Jedan od najboljih filmova svih vremena, istinsko remek-djelo. Inače, mnogo volim filmove sa zatvorskom tematikom ali ovakvo nešto još nisam gledao, čista umjetnost.
I went into Shawshank Redemption with a very negative vibe, one could really say that I didn't want to like this movie. Thankfully it left me no chance.
This movie is amazing and who thinks otherwise has no emotions, no brain, is bigoted in one or the other way or is just a made-up person that only exists on paper.
Or that person has probably never seen this movie.
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