The Shawshank Redemption (1994) – Encore Review 6

“I’d like to think that the last thing that went through his head, other than that bullet, was to wonder how the hell Andy Dufresne ever got the best of him.” – Red

Number of Times Seen – Seriously too many to count Too many to count (Theater, DVD, 20 May 2013, 14 Oct 2015 and 29 Mar 2017, twice on 3 Jun 2018, 1 Jan 2020 and 18 Nov 2021)

Link to original reviewHere

Brief Synopsis – A banker imprisoned for murdering his wife and her lover befriends another convict who is handy at getting things for the other prisoners and their 19 year friendship brings them very close.

My Take on it – This is not only one of my favorite films, but also one of my favorite stories.

As a teen, I read the Stephen King novella that this is based on and was surprised a few years later when I saw it in the theater and the memories flooded back from when I had read the book.

Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman are both superb in this film and have such amazing chemistry throughout which helps make things feel so realistic.

The story unfolds in a great way and it is able to depict a very unique view of prison life while also showing how a friendship like the one Red and Andy share can be developed, nurtured and come to define them.

The story takes place at a different time when things were slightly different in the orison system and that helps add so much to the very genuine feel of the story.

The story is quite heavy, yet is peppered with lots of jokes along the way that helps keep things from being too depressing.

This is one of the very bets films to never win an Oscar despite getting 7 nominations that year including Best Picture, Best Director and Bets Adapted Screenplay which it lost all of them to Forrest Gump (1994).

The score adds so much to the atmosphere and helps keep things so engaging and emotional throughout.

AS said in the movie itself, prison is no fairy tale and there are some very disturbing scenes, yet it still manages to stay so enjoyable from start to finish.

HIghly Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Stephen King has considered this to be one of his favorite film adaptations based on his own work. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (10/10) (no change from original review)


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