The Shawshank Redemption Reviews
and then was severely disappointed that it wasn't? It was actually based off a book by Stephen King titled "Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption" and from what I read online, it follows the book fairly well. Still, when I was watching the movie I was holding off on my annoyance on just how cliche the film really was.
The twist was spectacular and it left me with a wide-ass grin on my face. But with the knowledge that it's all from a book, the scene with the giant oak tree and Red trying to find the rock now sounds goes from neat to pretty stupid. The entire time I was thinking if this were in the real world and not a movie, there's no way in hell I'd find that rock in just a few scene montages with one song playing in the background while wearing a damn suit in that summer heat. But movies gotta movie and well... he finds it alright. And then just based off of a note and a few hundred dollars, he finds a way to cross the border as a parole evading convict and find Andy somewhere in Zihuatanejo. I wish it was as easy as Morgan Freeman makes it.
Another aspect of the film that got ruined for me with my book realization was Tommy William's role. I thought that it was extremely convenient that Andy would happen to be teaching the only person alive who could prove his innocence. And to make the movie more dramatic, Warden Samuel Norton refused to let Andy go to trial so he had Tommy killed while inhumanely locking Andy up in solitary confinement for two months. It seems to be a popular thing for wardens in films to be power abusing assholes, doesn't it?
Regardless of all of that, The Shawshank Redemption was still a very entertaining film with great storytelling (I mean it is Morgan Freeman narrating) and with one of the best twists to a film ever! Well worth the watch just for that.
Citizen Kane earns it for re-writing the rules of filmmaking, doing so in daring and extraordinary fashion.
The Shawshank Redemption earns it for perfecting those re-written rules. Every facet of movie making--from the script to the acting to the directing to the cinematography to the editing to the score--are done to the highest degree of precision and expression.
As a result, viewers experience the full spectrum of human emotions over the course of the movie. When asked, "What is it that people love so much about movies?" My answer is always the same: because they make us FEEL. Happiness, sadness, terror, love ... whatever the emotion, it's the act of feeling that creates that indelible bond between the person and the picture.
The Shawshank Redemption stars Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman. It is about a man who was falsely accused of murdering someone, so he is sent to prison and the story revolves around his friendship with other people in prison. This piece of art is a masterpiece. It is one of the best Stephen King adaptations of all time. The movie displays the intensity of prison violence in a realistic way. Morgan Freeman's character is the character with the best dialogue and is the most likable character in the story. The Shawshank Redemption hit all of the right notes as far as being a drama. The acting was top notch, the screenplay was gold, the cinematography couldn't have been any better, and everything else was ahead of its time.
Over all, The Shawshank Redemption has been voted into the top 10 greatest movies of all time by several different people. I don't blame'em.