DO THE RIGHT THING is everything I want in a film.
It's a shame that its subject matter is still just as relevant as it was when it came out back in 1989.
And I don't say this lightly: It easily joins the ranks of my all-time personal favorites.
Everything from the fascinating script to the beautiful cinematography to Joaquin Phoenix's incredible performance to Scarlett Johansson's humanizing vocal performance as an operating system to the incisive commentary on our relationships with technology and on our relationships with each other and on our relationships with ourselves to the fact that it never reveals what year it's supposed to be but it feels like not too far in the future to the score that perfectly compliments the visuals to all the…
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
This was my 3rd or 4th time watching THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION, and I feel a little embarrassed that I somehow didn't notice until now how much the entire story is centered around hope. And what a top-notch script! So many seemingly random conversations tie directly into the last 15-20 minutes.
"I hope I can make it across the border. I hope to see my friend and shake his hand. I hope the Pacific is as blue as it has been in my dreams. I hope."
What a powerful thing, hope. With everything happening in the world today, this was quite a timely viewing.