The Shawshank Redemption Reviews
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.
#Content: Script 5 | Acting 5 | Cinematography 5 | Film Editing 5
#Visual: Costume Design 3 | Makeup & Hairstyling 4 | Scenic Design 4 | Lighting 4 | Visual Effects n/a
#Sound: Score & Soundtracks 5 | Sound Editing & Mixing 4
#Overall (1~10): 10