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The Shawshank Redemption


Review #35: The Shawshank Redemption.

Another fantastic movie appearing in my reviews, based on Stephen King novella, Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption.

It revolves around a banker, Andy Dufresne, being incarcerated in Shawshank Prison for murdering his wife and her lover.
He’s subjected to beatings and rape by other inmates and eventually finds friends in some of the other inmates and even a few of the Guards due to his financial knowledge, eventually becoming a well known and respected inmate himself. Eventually he’s caught up in a money-laundering scam with the prison Warden.

Every day, he defends his innocence for the murders, claiming that he loved his wife.
After 30 years of imprisonment, possible evidence appears that he was actually telling the truth all along.

It’s a wonderfully shot and beautifully written movie, if at times very disturbing and brutal.
The story telling is extremely well put together. Some might say it’s a basic sequence of events but the little twists and turns and the occasional surprise in the plot make the movie a joy to watch.

The character writing is also absolutely well executed. They’re funny, rude, stupid at times, depressing, violent and very, very real.
You really care about the main group of characters and the odd hit of tragedy really hits the viewer hard.

At times the movie can be hard to watch because of the nature of nature and the human psyche that the movie delves into throughout the running time. Not hard in a boring way, hard in an emotional way, the movie encapsulates human nature better than any movie of its kind.

The acting is absolutely bang on the money from all parties, Tim Robbins excels in his best role I’ve ever seen him play as Dufresne. As the movie progresses his character changes incredibly, he even physically ages as the movie progresses.
Morgan Freeman as Ellis Boyde Redding, Dufresne’s best friend and cohort in the prison is brilliantly wise and yet approachable and friendly. The friendship between him and Dufresne is almost a kinship and the acting really shows their connection.
Clancy Brown is again the ‘hard case’ Guard who’s not afraid to dish out the occasional beating, typecast maybe but Brown is actually at his best. The brilliant writing of the characters gives him a human side, which makes you like his character to an extent.

All in all, it’s a very low key movie and feels low budget in the way it looks but don’t let that put anyone off, Shawshank is a movie that should be, no, must be viewed by anyone who enjoys movies. It has absolutely everything and certainly surprised me when I saw it for the first time.
My rating 100%