Wrongly convicted, Andy Dufresne is sentenced to two life terms in Maine’s Shawshank prison. He learns how to get by in the brutal confines of prison whilst earning the respect of his fellow inmates, most notably lifer Red. Based on the Stephen King novella of the same name.
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I love this movie and I have seen it quite a few times. It might be overly sentimental and follow the true and tried formula of redemption, but it works like a charm. There is so much warmth and attention to the characters and the story so one can only be swept away by it. The production work is great and the casting is spot on. The movie has an old fashioned feel to it that you don´t see much of these days.
"there are only two kinds of people in the world, shawshank people and gump people. now shawshank people can like gump, and gump people can like shawshank, but nobody likes them both equally. somewhere you have to make a choice. and that choice, tells you who you are"
I suppose this film works on some level if I just take it as a Christ parable—Andy Dufresne is impossible to read at face value otherwise—but aside from some gorgeous work by DP Roger Deakins, I can't help but feel "Shawshank Redemption" leans into Frank Darabont's worst tendencies as a filmmaker. To label this mawkish or sentimental would undermine how well-crafted it is, but I have to say it left me unmoved.
A "classic" for people who know very little about film. Mildly entertaining upon first visit, but overblown praise has essentially ruined any potential for discussion. The narrative and narration are melodramatic, and its customary slot on Saturday afternoon TV has wrung out all watchability.
Not a "bad" film at all, but vastly overrated. Are you seriously going to argue that this is THE greatest film of all time?? (It is according to a general consensus of IMDB reviewers.) Cmon folks, get serious. If you are one of those who really believe that, then let me have some of what you were smoking when you watched it. Afterwards, Ill show you some MUCH better films.
I don't hate this one. But it is far, very far, from the best movies I've ever seen. It is a decent movie, but not a great one, at least for me. I have quite some reasons in my head. One is for its two-dimensional characters--especially the villain. Two, for its straight self-righteous and too much sappy talkings. Last, I didn't find it so special. It's not that bad, really, but absolutely not a great one.