The Shawshank Redemption Reviews
Somehow it manages to feel grim and intense, but at the same time serene and deliberate. Within the prison walls, there are rapes, beatings, murders, suicides, but between them there are quiet moments of thought and deliberation. Andy brings a sense of humanity to this ugly, brutal place. He brings life into a place that's almost lifeless, where its occupants have largely lost what made them people. He builds a library and plays classical music for the prisoners, teaches many of them how to read and write. He creates meaningful friendships and cooperates with the guards, while at the same time he is undermining the prison in the slow, careful pursuit of his elaborate escape. He is a rich, rewarding character and he has an immaculate supporting cast. Morgan Freeman, the old man, the sergeant and the warden are all awesome characters that add depth to the film.
One of the most powerful things about the film is its statement on life. Andy is a powerful symbol of humanity and resiliency, but one of the scariest realizations is the point the film makes about men that have spent their entire adult lives in prison and don't know how to function in society. Brooks is so disturbed by the thought of leaving that he almost kills his friend and eventually kills himself. This idea serves as a powerful examination on prison life and the toll it takes on a person. The prison warden offers even more insight into the defects of prison life. He abuses his absolute, unsupervised power and it completely corrupts him.
This movie is a classic for a reason. The story is brilliant, taking you on a journey with a man wrongly convicted, and this story is supported by amazing performances, and one of the best endings in movie history.
Outstanding in every way.
What was underrated at the time, has now made up for it in fame.
I first reviewed the crowd sends honor! Why the film was not included in the 100 best ever?