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.
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…
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…
The Shawshank Redemption Review
"Let me tell you something my friend. Hope is a dangerous thing. Hope can drive a man insane." - Ellis Redding
Hope is a driving force that impulses humans to do the unthinkable with very little resources. Hope is what lets us survive another day as we expect our lives to gradually improve. The Shawshank Redemption is truly a masterpiece and a cinematic revelation as it keeps the viewer not only interested but completely absorbed by the film experience. Featuring two stellar leading performances, an absolutely amazing direction with gorgeous cinematography and a universal theme that both convict and average people can relate to. As two men resemble different aspects of hope and it's overwhelming…
A masterful piece of work. Occasionally it's over-sentimental but there's more than enough going for the thing to make up for it, be it the stunning lead performances of Robbins and Freeman, Darabont's eye for a powerful visual or the drama of the storyline itself.
Herrlich schöner Film, durch und durch nahezu perfekt. Es wurde nie langweilig, man fiebert immer mit den Darstellern mit und das Ende überrascht ungemein.
Stunning on all counts
The film is about a young banker named Andy, has his life changed rapidly when he is convicted of the murder of his wife and lover, and sentenced to life in prison. As the story unfolds, Andy shows that he is a not a typical prisoner. With the help of his friend Redd, Andy makes the most of his prison life. The film takes place in the 1940's. The shawshank redemption is fantastic classic movie with remediable characters and a strong story.
A grand adventure of a man that seems to never be at his wits end, even after being thrown into a prison where Morgan Freeman resides. The ultimate bromance film of all time and a definite must watch.
Absolutely amazing film. So glad I bought the Blu-Ray of it, it makes the whole experience so much better. It is one of my favorite movies of all time and if you haven't seen it yet then... WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU, go, stop what you are doing, and watch it. I promise you that you wont regret it.
I liked it, but sweet mercy, it does NOT deserve to be the highest rated of all movies at IMDb! :p (9.2 average) Maybe it's because I saw so many other prison movies before this one, maybe it's because I saw the plot twist coming from a mile away, but overall, I've been far more entertained by other prison movies, including The Green Mile and even a lot of B movies.
Most prison dramas come across as pretty clichéd these days. The innocent convict and hero of the story is sent to a really brutal prison. There’s usually a hard-ass prison guard to deal with, and a warden working to undermine our hero’s efforts. There will be time spent in solitary confinement, and a prisoner, someone close to the our hero will likely be killed. We’ve seen it so many times before. But for good reason. The Graybar hotel is a great place to set a drama. Each convict’s sordid history is potential fodder for a compelling story. So when we see characters in that setting grow and change for the better, we care about it, and when a character like…
this movie is the synonym for "Oscar bait". It more or less spawned the "false hope for the masses", packaged message movie-making.
If movies, or art in general can influence societal views in any meaningful way, then this type of movie does immense harm to our society.
Having that in mind Gaspar Noe's films are harmless.
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