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.
I went into Shawshank Redemption with a very negative vibe, one could really say that I didn't want to like this movie. Thankfully 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.
Andy Dufresne and Red Redding plays jail inmates who turns out to be best friends for life. One of the most closet film in my heart, it really brings the best of the character in a new angle every time I watch it. The film is all about the ugly truth of the jail and the authorities as well as the illegal business that runs in around inside.
The dialogues and picture sequence plays a long time in your mind and no wonder it remains no 1 position in every must watch website.
I'm trying to watch some of the better more recent (compared to the sort of things I usually watch 1994 is recent) films that I haven't seen but that still appeal to me somewhat. Shawshank seemed to me rather Frank Capra-esque, a feel good film, with a dark side, about the innate goodness of people, even in this case murderers. Morgan Freeman's role and performance though is what changes this from a very good movie into something of a great movie, he just has to say "Andy Dufresne" to send shivers down the spine. The ending is pure wish fulfilment, totally unbelievable after what has gone before, but works perfectly and disbelief can be suspended. One of the most remarkable things about Shawshank, despite being such an acclaimed and popular (it's topped IMDB's top 250 for years) film, it was director Frank Darabont's first cinema release of only four so far.
My favorite movie of all time. That says it all doesn't it?
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Few movies could hold me entertained for as long as this one did. I didn't look away from the screen for a second.
A masterpiece. One of the greatest of all time.
Having seen this film now I am not much closer to understanding its extraordinary popularity, something that seems to puzzle even its makers judging from the extra feature on the Blu Ray disc. This is not a very good movie. It is watchable enough, but it is really not very good. Frank Darabont calls it a tall tale, which apparently is his term for preposterously implausible. Perhaps he was going for a Coen Brothers-style mythos. He was smart enough to hire their cinematographer Roger Deakins so the film looks wonderful, of course, but needless to say he is not a tenth the writer they are, which is really the heart of the problem. The script is bad, an obvious melange…
Is it as good as it was made out to me? No!. Was it a good movie? Yeah!
I hesitate to pick an all-around favorite film, because many of my favorite films are good for such different reasons that it's hard to compare them. But when people ask, I almost always say The Shawshank Redemption. It's just such a good story, told with heart and genuineness. So many parts just hit you right in the feels, every single time: when Andy plays the opera record, when Brooks gets released, the whole sequence of Andy's eventual triumph, and many, many more.
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