The Shawshank Redemption – Throwback Thursday
Intro to… The Shawshank Redemption
For years and years The Shawshank Redemption has dominated the number one position for Best Movies across every imaginable media. Initially considered a flop due to its disappointing reception on the big screen, it soon found its way to millions of households due to its overwhelming amount of rentals. But it is almost 21 years since its release and that might let one to wonder: is this movie still relevant?
The movie starts off with Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins) being prosecuted for murdering his wife and her lover. Andy claims to be innocent but the evidence is overwhelming. The jury is convinced of his guilt and the judge sentences him for two life sentences. He gets sent to Shawshank Prison.
This is where he meets Red (Morgan Freeman). Red is known among his inmates as the guy who can get you anything, as long as he gets his cut. Over time Andy and Red grow close and spent their time together as friends and fellow inmates.
Should I Watch It?
The Shawshank Redemption tells a story that spans over 20 years. As time goes by we slowly see Andy transforms from a rookie inmate into a prison veteran. He finds his place and uses his skills to influence and help people. At times the movie touches some very dark and cruel subjects, yet at the same time I feel that this movie, which is about prison incarceration and the horrors that can come with, carries a very positive and inspiring message.
Robbins and Freeman make a great pairing and their characters work well together. Red is authoritative and has a strong position within the convict community, whereas Robbins is a bit of an outsider that lives in his own little world. Their friendship and the many events that take place during their incarceration carry this movie to a whole new level.
The mood and feel of the movie constantly shifts from one end of the spectrum to the other. One moment you are laughing at the witty dialogue and the next you will be completely silenced by some of the horrific events that transpire throughout the story.
Though not my favourite film, The Shawshank Redemption is undeniably good. It is a rollercoaster of events and calls up all sorts of emotions. Not only is this movie still relevant, it is still amazing. The dialogue is great, the acting is top notch, and the story is incredible. If you have not seen this movie, go watch it. If you have seen this movie, go watch it again.
Yes, watch it.
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