Cool Hand Luke Reviews
Saw this on 30/5/16
A well acted film with a lot of memorable moments, but it is ultimately pointless. It cannot be clearly understood what this film really means to convey.
In many ways this film felt like the anti-Shawshank Redemption. Part of the joy of watching that film is that it puts Andy in a similarly depressing situation but he finds his happy ending. In Cool Hand Luke the ending is so sad that I just can't imagine myself wanting to revisit the film. It's well-made but I can't rate it as highly because there's another movie which is so similar that I like more, even though this one came out first.
Spoken by the Captain in this film, is one of the greatest lines, "What we've got here is failure to communicate. Some men you just can't reach. So you get what we had here last week. Which is the way he wants it. Well, he gets it. And I don't like it any more than you men."
There is much Christian imagery and allegory in the film. Luke is linked to Luke of the Gospels, and is a Jesus-figure. Luke constantly goes against authority and is supported by his fellow inmates, similar to Jesus.
This movie provides a template for The Shawshank Redemption. As a matter of fact, this film predates Stephen King writing the novella and I'm positive he "lifted" most of it from this story. It's pretty obvious.