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…
"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…
"Remember Red, hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies."
Finally! I don't no why it took me so long to see one of the most acclaimed films of all time. The Shawshank Redemption really moved me.
The emotion that was put into it, was something really truthful and real. Even when there are moments where you predict what is going to happen next, its subtleness and immense depth affects you anyway. Since the very first moment, we are attached to it and not many films do that with the audience. Such a simple story but with such content.
Frank Darabont direction was amazing! The film has over two hours and you…
My All-Time Favorite Movie!
Like, TOTALLY awesome.
With a well written story, perfect pacing and a stellar cast, "The Shawshank Redemption" will no doubt be a necessary film for all people to watch, even as the years drag along.
So, who was redeemed, again?
Seriously, nobody is redeemed. Just repaid.
The Shawshank Revenge?
The Shawshank Restitution?
The Shawshank Caper?
The Count of Monte Shawshank?
Still, while this movie - more heist film than realistic prison drama - is overrated, it's entertaining. Simplistic? Yeah. Manipulative? Very. Still, I think we all sometimes need to be unironically reminded of the good. There's still some of it in this world, Mr. Frodo. And it's worth fighting for.
(Sorry, that was unbearably cheesy, I know. But it sounds like something that would be said in this movie.)
The Shawshank Redemption is one of the greatest films that I have ever seen. It may well be the best period. For quite a while it has ranked at #1 on the internet movie database, and with good reason. Not often does a film seamlessly blend gripping dramatic storytelling, with moments of lighthearted humor, as well as moments of deep sadness like this one does. I'm sure that just about everyone has seen this film, but I'll still run through the main plot really quick. An intelligent banker named Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins) discovered that his wife was stepping out on him with another man. After a night of drinking, and misguided decisions, he ended up in front of a…
Beautiful story with excellently developed and portrayed characters with an excellent score and wonderful cinematography. This story about hope, perseverance, redemption, and friendship is a must see.
The number one ranked movie on IMDB, the TNT sensation comeback kid, The Shawshank Redemption.
Last night, I watched this for the first time in over a decade. It holds up. It's remarkable storytelling not in it's depth so much as in its ability to captivate. Everyone is good, even the one-dimensional creeps. The story breaks you down and builds you back up just as Andy evolves.
I don't believe this is the best movie ever made, but I can see how it is ranked as the favorite of the masses.
Tonight was the first time I have ever seen this amazing film. I sat down with the intention of watching another film but when it was not available; I immediately thought of this one.
The story was told amazingly. I always pay very close attention when I watch films to see if I can find plot holes. Normally this results in at least one or two being found by myself, but in this case it was very difficult.
Every plot hole that I found was resolved by the end of the movie and I was very impressed at how well it was done.
I'm going to keep this short as most people have probably seen this movie. It has received rave reviews since original release and I am a very big fan of this film.
I haven't seen too many prison break movies but I'm pretty sure none of them will beat this one.
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