The Shawshank Redemption Reviews
Una obra maestra, esperanzadora y humana. The Shawshank Redemption es un film esencial para todo amante del cine.
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The Shawshank Redemption is based on a short story by Stephen King, a banker that has received a life sentence for killing his wife and her lover while intoxicated. Even though he says that he's innocent, no one believes him, and the story begins with him living his life in the Shawshank Prison. Now, I don't know how faithful it was to the source material, but the movie probably expanded on the short story. The plot elements going on whether it be the main character trying to make the best for himself in the prison, making friends, and dealing with three people that wants to do, well, horrible things to him like it typically goes in prison, can get you interested in what's going on. It takes place at the Shawshank Prison, which in real life is an actual place called the Ohio State Reformatory that takes place in Mansfield, Ohio, and it's actually a tourist attraction for people to visit the set of the film that it takes place.
Tim Robbins plays Andy Dufresne, the banker that's in the prison who at the beginning of the film is spending his first days in prison. He acted like his life was over, and had nothing else to go back to other than his everyday life outside of prison. As the days go by, he briefly acted a little suspicious like he was holding something in, but only to end up being friends with a murderer name Red that's played by Morgan Freeman. He was more of a people-person who was the first person to be friends with the main character, while knowing who to trust and who to stay away from as he had been in prison for many years. He tried to get parole, but he failed to do so. He brought joy into the film, so it didn't make the movie too depressing. Showing from his eyes, he did have a few exhausting moments where he kept getting declined for parole. The movie has interesting characters like a greaser who's likable and intentionally full of himself and not bright that gets some character progression unlike the characters from Grease, I'm just kidding I haven't seen Grease for years and I don't remember much so don't kill me for those who are fans of the film. There's the warden who is a mysterious character that you don't know whether he's a good guy or not until later on. Then, there's Brooks who has a pet bird and has lived in the prison for decades to the point that he wants to stay in it.
Whenever the characters have conversations with each other, they talked about human stuff, whether it be girls, what they liked in the days before they went to prison, and tried to help out in any way that had been going on in the prison, which is thanks to the script by Frank Darabont. He directed and wrote other Stephen King adaptations like The Green Mile, which was one of my favorite childhood films that I grew up with, and The Mist, which I only remember the ending when I first saw it because it kind of traumatized me of how messed up that ending was. The dialogue was so genuine that I felt like the characters talking were actual people, and whether you think they deserve to be in prison is totally up to you, but at some point you do feel like some of the character's time had definitely been served. The direction is also great that the structure of the film never seemed to have a boring spot, and there was never a scene that was unnecessary to this movie, which is cool knowing the fact that it's 2 hours and 22 minutes long. There are scenes like when Brooks is out of prison that it could've easily have been taken out of the film, but it shows something that you don't typically see in a prison film, and that's the aftereffects of a person that has been serving in prison for decades that even one of the characters says that he's basically "institutionalized", and Brooks even has the thought of doing something illegal in order to go back to the Shawshank Prison.
If what I say doesn't convince you otherwise, there are top critics from Rotten Tomatoes like Roger Ebert from Chicago Sun-Times who says this, "If the film is perhaps a little slow in its middle passages, maybe that is part of the idea, too, to give us a sense of the leaden passage of time, before the glory of the final redemption.", and James Berardinelli that says, "The Shawshank Redemption is all about hope and, because of that, watching it is both uplifting and cathartic." Those were the reasons why The Shawshank Redemption is my favorite film: interesting story that doesn't bore the audience, three-dimensional characters that you learn enough about to the point that you want some of them to get out of prison, and the script and direction being top-notch that creates a film that everybody will talk about for a long time. When you come across The Shawshank Redemption on DVD, your favorite film, or just found a film on the internet that interest you in free time, give it a watch or go back to it because you'll maybe get something out of it that causes you to ask your own friends to watch this film just like I'm informing you guys of my favorite movie with this speech.