Chronicles the experiences of a formerly successful banker as a prisoner in the gloomy jailhouse of Shawshank after being found guilty of a crime he did not commit. The film portrays the man's unique way of dealing with his new, torturous life; along the way he befriends a number of fellow prisoners, most notably a wise long-term inmate named Red.
I personally think that the way this movie touches me cannot be put into words. The core of this movie is hope: hope that overcomes every obstacle placed in your way, the knowing that the wronged people in life can triumph over evil. This is what Andy Dufresne achieves, and the tag line of "Fear can hold you prisoner, hope can set you free" is perfect The underlying theme is friendship, and Andy and Reds friendship is perfectly portrayed here by Morgan Freeman and Tim Robbins. They are both fine actors, and I feel here they give career best performances(although Morgan Freeman is generally good in everything). Morgan Freeman should of won an Oscar for his subtle approach to this role - surely his million dollar baby Oscar is a belated one for this movie too? The directing, the story and everything combine to make this a special movie - don't worry, the ratings in the all time list, which always put this movie in the top 5, are not wrong. This is a movie everyone must see!!!
guest reviewSun Oct 18 2020
this is the best
Can Hollywood, usually creating things for entertainment purposes only, create art? To create something of this nature, a director must approach it in a most meticulous manner, due to the delicacy of the process. Such a daunting task requires an extremely capable artist with an undeniable managerial capacity and an acutely developed awareness of each element of art in their films, the most prominent; music, visuals, script, and acting. These elements, each equally important, must succeed independently, yet still form a harmonious union, because this mixture determines the fate of the artist's opus. Though already well known amongst his colleagues for his notable skills at writing and directing, Frank Darabont emerges with his feature film directorial debut, The Shawshank Redemption. Proving himself already a master of the craft, Darabont managed to create one of the most recognizable independent releases in the history of Hollywood. The Shawshank Redemption defines a genre, defies the odds, compels the emotions, and brings an era of artistically influential films back to Hollywood.
guest reviewSun Oct 18 2020
Why film beats books
The Count of Monte Cristo isn't a very good book, and has spawned a few pretty poor films, but it's the ideas which make it an enduring story. Now whether Stephen King was consciously inspired by Dumas's ("Dumass's") book when writing the original short story I don't know - what I do know is that Frank Darabont took a dour, typically coarsely-detailed potboiler and evolved it into something special. The big step for me, was that having taken an interesting idea and made it good, Darabont then found an ensemble cast and a cinematographer who could make it sing. I don't think there's a dull line of dialogue in the movie, and barely a camera shot either out of place or wasted. Why it is that equally talented filmmakers can spend millions and produce the kind of mindless gibberish which actually wins Oscars (like 'Braveheart' did in the year 'Shawshank Redemption' was nominated) I'll truly never fathom. Maybe there should be another way of formally recognising talent: wait ten years then take a vote - that way the mindless and the popular will have time to find their level and what's left is worth remembering.