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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…
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'…
There are some films that you cannot wait to see. Some have your favorite actors or a director you admire greatly as the spur to draw you in so that anticipation of watching something extraordinary becomes paramount. Sometimes however a film gets such a groundswell of rave reviews or a box office bonanza that it initially puts you off. Avatar was just such a film for me but occasionally the hype that surrounds certain films, old and new, can have a negative effect. The Shawshank Redemption is regarded in the same vein as the likes of The Godfather as one of the greatest movies of all time, and just like Pulp Fiction for whatever reason it's taken me twenty years…
I understand why they rate it so high.
Never gets old.
To put it simply:
Im a CHANgeDD PERSON AFter WATCHING THIS
Two 10/10's in one day, is probably being too soft, but this movie deserves it. Bigger review coming the 15th.
Does this movie need a review? The answer is no.
Really waffled between giving this 4 or 4 1/2 stars, and even now, I'm not sure about it (just mentally add in one-quarter of a star to my rating). I understand why it's so loved; it's funny and sad when it needs to be, it has a cast full of great character actors, the Thomas Newman score is phenomenal, Morgan Freeman is typically great, and Roger Deakins does a predictably bang-up job. And yet I can't help but feel like it's the second-best 1994 Deakins-shot oddly-titled movie that stars Tim Robbins and failed at the box office. My main problem with this movie is probably Tim Robbins, who's not bad, but I don't think this role (the smart, secretive, quietly…
Film I would choose when I'm stranded on deserted island
"A perfect movie to wrap up a perfect challenge"
Back in 1994, Frank Darabont made this film, only to be ended as a box office failure. Almost 21 years from then, it is now hailed as one of the best movies ever made. Although IMdb 250 is not a credible list, due to it's immense popularity, every movie buff around the world concludes their discussions on this one for the top spot. I'm not going to oppose them. Not because it is the best movie ever made. There are a lot of credible contenders for that spot. But,…