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.
"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.
There are times when people hype up a film, you watch it and then you wonder where in the world all that hype came from. The Shawshank Redemption is not one of those films. It is brilliant.
"Remember Red, hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies"
It is a strange comment to make about a film set inside a prison, but "The Shawshank Redemption" creates a warm hold on our feelings because it makes us a member of a family. Many movies offer us vicarious experiences and quick, superficial emotions. "Shawshank" slows down and looks. It uses the narrator's calm, observant voice to include us in the story of men who have formed a community behind bars. It is deeper than most films; about continuity in a lifetime, based on friendship and hope.
Interesting that although the hero of the film is the convicted former banker Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins), the action is never seen from his point of view. The film's opening scene shows him…
"hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies"
How this is top of IMDB's top rated films always baffles me. I mean, yes, undoubtedly it is a good film, but it is really let down by its pace. 2 and a half hours for a film based on a 200 page book is a little excessive, and it feels very slow at times. At around 1 hour 30 I remember thinking 'wait, has anything happened at all??'. The other issue I have with the Shawshank Redemption is Morgan Freeman. Yes, he makes a fantastic narrator, but the whole fact that he is black creates a large anachronism that is difficult to look…
Unfairly condemned in recent times due to the backlash of it benefiting from the ridiculous Dark Knight/Godfather IMDB war, The Shawshank Redemption is still a wonderful film.
This is a film of soaring highs and despairing lows. We see all the horrors of prison life but we keep watching because of the moments of hope and joy. It's a rollercoaster ride from start to finish.
For me, the highlight of the film is Morgan Freeman's performance. His Red, the "only guilty man" in Shawshank, is performed at such a level that Freeman was condemned to deliver similar roles and performances in most of his films since. It's a mostly quiet and subdued performance, but one of the more memorable in…
1994's The Shawshank Redemption Is One Of My Favorite Films.
An inspiring movie of Hope, and how to never lose hope, no matter your circumstances.
An adult poster can save someone's life
Anyone who doesn't love this film needs to take a hard look in the mirror, it's perfection
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
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