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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…
"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'…
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…
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.
Is it just me or is this film lazy? For one, Andy Dufresne is written in such broad, too-close-for-comfort to messianic strokes that the character almost veers into a caricature except with more brooding to let you know he's in deep thought. He's just mysterious enough, open when need be, ballsy and unflinching at the perfect points (for story advancement and/or tension), and apparently only "allows" people to bend or use him when he's got an even bigger endgame in sight. Of course, that's all without stating the direct link of him getting unfairly punished, coming out on top all by his lonesome, and being mythologized accordingly. And it's not just Andy; most of these characters are just so comfortable…
1994's The Shawshank Redemption Is One Of My Favorite Films, I Like It Because My Favorite Film Actor Paul Newman Was 69 Years Old In 1994.
If there was ever a definition of a perfect movie, The Shawshank Redemption would be it. The acting, the directing, the screenplay, the twist, the ending, the everything - it's all perfect. This has now become my second favorite movie of all time, maybe even my number one, The film is so beautiful and I almost cried at the ending. Also this movie is what made Morgan Freeman the most famous narrator ever. I really wish Frank Darabont made more movies, because he clearly has potential to be considered among the greats like Tarantino, Nolan, Kubrick, Scorsese, etc. The only issue I have with it is minor, and that's that some of the time jumps skip a lot of time…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Don't know what it is about this movie, but it sure never gets old..
Yes. A classic. Definitely. A feel-good drama that I can watch with my family anytime. Then again, I shouldn’t have watched Starred Up (2014) before I caught this film. My appreciation for this fantastic movie was reduced somehow. Felt too Disney-like. I shouldn’t have done that… watching those two back to back. Hmmm…
Undeniably overpraised as "The Greatest Movie Ever Made", but The Shawshank Redemption does still remain a truly great movie. Classic storytelling in the finest sense of the term: rich characters, great dialogue, moving in its message, and so on.
Even the sometimes overly sentimental direction from Darabont didn't bother me upon a re-watch. For once, due to the audience's investment in the characters and the story, the approach feels earned.
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