Friday, April 15, 2016

876. The Shawshank Redemption

The Shawshank Redemption
Directed by Frank Darabont

It's hard to find someone who dislikes this film.  I went through the IMDb message boards and couldn't find a single negative review.  I don't have anything bad to say about this film either.  It's strange how perfect movies inspire rather dull reviews.

Andy Dufresne is convicted of killing his wife and her lover and sentenced to life in prison.  He is sent to Shawshank, where he befriends Ellis "Red" Redding, a man who can get things.  Andy is regularly assaulted until the warden begins using him for a money laundering scheme.

What's to say about this film that hasn't already been said?  The acting is fantastic and the bromance is beautiful.  Morgan Freeman narrates, which is always pleasing to mortals and Andy Dufresne is a more likable version of Henri Charriere.  Every minute of screen time radiates heart and hope.

Powerful and inspiring.  What more can you ask from a movie?

RATING: *****

Interesting Facts:

Only two women have speaking roles in this film.

Body count of 6.


  1. So true. We all know that good movies are hard to be interesting about .. and, worse, films we agree on make for boring interchanges.

  2. Yeah, it's pretty good. But it's just not as good as everyone makes it out to be. Consistently #1 on IMDB's top rated list? It's four stars but not worth joining any conversation of 'greatest-ever' films.