THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION MOVIE REVIEW

THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION MOVIE REVIEW

The Shawshank Redemption – Morgan Freeman and Tim Robbins Classic, a movie about loyalty, friendship, and getting through the rough time together – Let’s dig further into the movie review!

The Shawshank Redemption, starring Morgan Freeman (left) and Tim Robbins, was shot at the abandoned Ohio State Reformatory. Today, the buildings in the background are gone, but the prison's main building has been preserved by locals.
The Shawshank Redemption, starring Morgan Freeman (left) and Tim Robbins, was shot at the abandoned Ohio State Reformatory. Today, the buildings in the background are gone, but the prison’s main building has been preserved by locals.

“Remember Red, hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies.”

– Andy Dufresne [in letter to Red]

A prison movie that acquires a classic mark is very rare. That is true due an amazing story, theme and collective execution of the movie. The Shawshank Redemption is a film about time, friendship and faithfulness. How two men serving life sentences become friends, and go through the savage prison life together.

The Shawshank Redemption: Trailer

The narrator of the movie is Redding (Morgan Freeman), who goes by Red. Red is serving his life sentence in Shawshank Prison. During his time there, he has turned out to be a sort of businessman. Getting inmates everything from cigarettes to tiny pickaxes. In fact, Red also takes bets, such as which one of the new inmates is going to cry upon their arrival.

Red bets on Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins) to cry. Maybe it is because he looks like he doesn’t belong there.  And actually, he doesn’t, he is an innocent man sentenced for the murder of his wife. The details of this event are revealed eventually. But they hardly matter as Andy Dufresne experiences the harsh reality of the Shawshank. The realization that the world inside Shawshank is much more treacherous than the outside world.

Andy Dufresne

The Shawshank Redemption: Andy  Dufresne (Still from movie)
The Shawshank Redemption: Andy Dufresne (Still from the movie)

An extremely smart and positive man. He uses to work as a banker. And this proves to be an advantage for him. Throughout the movie, he uses it makes his prison life easier and also for those around him. He never let anyone take his advantage and at the same time be a non-violent person. Warden Samuel Norton (Bob Gunton) begins to exploit his economic talents for his own benefit, maintaining tax records and keeping books. Soon, Dufresne becomes a star within the prison, completing taxes and pension plans for the whole prison staff.

Dufresne becomes really popular with everyone. He experiences good (get beer for his inmates at the rooftop) as well as bad (Thrown in the solidarity confinement by the warden). But, no matter the trials or tribulation, Andy’s cool temperament prevails, as he embraces the reality of his situation.

But the most important thing to Andy Dufresne is his friendship and the belief that something good is on his way. Most notably, his friendship with Red proves to be the main point from which the true story unfolds. Through this lens, we can see, why redemption is such a vital piece to this puzzle. Red’s interpretation of Dufresne highlights, how redemption is being pursued, in all types of ways. Even in ways that aren’t given any hint until close to the very end.

REVIEW

Shawshank Redemption: Andy Dufresne ( Tom Robbins) and Redding (Morgan Freeman)
The Shawshank Redemption: Andy Dufresne ( Tom Robbins) and Redding (Morgan Freeman)

Based on the short story, “Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption” by Stephen King. A Stephen King story that doesn’t necessarily follow the horror-thriller route, which he is extremely famous for. There are no ghosts, no demons, and even nothing supernatural. Rather, the horror here is inspired by real-life experiences. A corrupt prison system that cares hardly cares for the security and integrity of everyone, not just the inmates.

The pitfalls of prison life are tragic endings and suicides. Troubled integration as prisoners (usually unsuccessful) get parole. Life on the inside of Shawshank can feel preferred only when you’re serving the sentence, and that’s a harsh truth.

Without revealing how it ends, The Shawshank Redemption highlights the ways how a lifetime in prison can completely change a man. And through harsh times, people can find those things in life that are most important to them. The magnificent and materialistic things in life or the life you’re living and the people you are living it with.

OVERALL VERDICT

The Shawshank Redemption: Andy  Dufresne (Still from movie)
The Shawshank Redemption: Andy Dufresne (Still from the movie)

The Shawshank Redemption is an amazing movie, thanks to superb acting and execution from Frank Darabont, who acquired the rights to this story long before it became a film. Despite its low box office performance, it still went on to the Academy Awards with seven nominations. Though it may feel like there’s no hope in Shawshank, the film counteracts those moments with an ultimately uplifting story. The journey of Shawshank is filled with are laughs, tears, and shudders throughout all 2+ hours. And, out which is not a single scene you’ll regret watching. In the tough times, which we’re going through, you will find that The Shawshank Redemption can inspire and comfort you.

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