Where do I start with this movie? Writing this review was insanely difficult for me, for one big reason; this is my all time favorite movie. I’ve been in love it for a couple years-to the point where I’ll even put up with the commercials when they run it on TNT or USA. Personal emotion aside, this is an amazing film. Darabont (who later gained the rights to The Green Mile because of his work on this film) created nothing short of a masterpiece with this movie.
The Shawshank Redemption is a drama in the purest sense of the word. It weaves a tale of lies, money, lust and violence in a two hour epic. The Shawshank Redemption tells the story of Andy Dufresne (Robbins) and his journey through a lifetime in prison. The movie simply follows him over the period of a few decades in a corrupt New England prison known as Shawshank (clearly). During his time at Shawshank, Dufresne befriends Ellis Redding (Freeman), deals behind closed doors with Warden Norton (Gunton) and Guard Captain Hadley (Brown). The one thing I refuse to do with this blog is ruin story lines as some other reviews do. I simply want to give a summary of the overall plot. Having said that, the ending to The Shawshank Redemption is simply amazing.
There is no subpar acting job in The Shawshank Redemption. Robbins and Freeman both play their parts(which are not complicated roles for two veteran actors) perfectly and they never ruin the attention span of the viewer. Gunton and Brown both play the people you love to hate; Gunton is the man you want to see go down in flames and Brown is the prick you just want to see on screen. Every other inmate from the the stuttering Heywood(William Sadler) to the wise Brooks(James Whitmore) grows on whoever happens to be watching at that point in time. In fact, there is no actor in The Shawshank Redemption that does anything less than a great job.
We all have movies that we can recite dialog from memory or watch over and over without getting bored, and The Shawshank Redemption is that movie for me. I’ve watched it easily a hundred times in my life, if not more. It is one of the movies that every living person needs to see at least once before they die.
Platinum Squid Rating