Reviews of an Acute Cinephile.

Random Classic Reviews of the Acute Cinephile – THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION (1994)

In our life, sometimes comes these things that taken at face value could be laughed off as trivial but may actually affect our lives in more ways than such a seemingly trivial thing should. For me, atleast, One of such things is the film “The Shawshank Redemption” directed by the brilliant and criminally underrated director Mr. Frank Darabont (who incidentally, is also the creator of one of my other favorite things in the world, the TV show “The Walking Dead”).


The Shawshank Redemption is not just my favorite film of all time (Yes, my top film doesn’t have Robert Downey Jr. in it, nor the MARVEL logo at the beginning. Surprise. Surprise. ), It is also a heart-wrenching and inspiring tale of just one thing, a simple thing that many of us sometimes take for granted – hope.

I’m going to indulge into a bit of my personal experiences here, so kindly bear with me if you will.

See, all my life, people have constantly ridiculed and teased my tendency to take films very seriously, much seriously than, atleast according to them, they ought to be taken. These people have included family, friends and even relatives for that matter. I don’t deny that there must some inkling of truth to what they say. It’s just that films for me are more than just a hobby, it’s a passion and i have no wool pulled over my eyes about how difficult it is to even get into the film industry but even then, i plan to try my best.

What has any of the above to do the review, you ask? Well, it’s like this, this passion that i have for film. The love that i have for this particular artform is more or less complemented by great, inspiring films like SCHINDLER’S LIST, JURASSIC PARK, THE GODFATHER,GANGS OF WASSEYPUR, PULP FICTION Anything from PIXAR, IRON MAN and more recently, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY along with, of course THE INDIANA JONES films and needless to say, THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION.These are films that show one what is possible in the realm of filmmaking, elevating the art to such standards that they tend to be remembered as not just good experiences but as good memories.

Putting my personal detour aside, THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION at first glance, seems like a routine prison drama but trust me, if you are one of those people who can’t bring themselves to watch this magnificent gem because of such bias, let me tell you, it is much more than what you think it is.

I actually envy the people who watch this film for the first time because in all honesty, nothing beats watching this gem for the first time and finding that you have discovered something truly magnificent not to mention, special.

The film tells the story of ANDY DUFRESNE, a convicted felon whom the film cleverly never elaborates on whether he actually committed the crime that he was convicted for or not, a tall quiet man played marvelously by TIM ROBBINS (Another criminally underrated celebrity) and also of ELLIS REDDING, played by, the thankfully not so criminally underrated MORGAN FREEMAN with his God-Like narration voice, a fellow inmate who can get stuff from outside for people inside Shawshank Prison and the friendship that they share. Of course, the film is much more than that but as usual, i’ll leave it to you guys to discover this film’s plot and quirks for yourself as there’ll be a special place in hell reserved for me if i did anything otherwise.

Special mention needs to go without doubt to composer THOMAS NEWMAN (Even with the inclusion of MORGAN FREEMAN, there seems to be no drought for criminally underrated artistes who worked on this film) and his poignant,heartfelt score that accompanies this masterpiece.

I understand that this article of mine reads less like a critique and more like fanboy gushing but tell me, how is one supposed to critique such beauty? That’s not even a rhetoric question, i honestly don’t know, because to me, THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION will always be the cinematic manifestation of the term “Perfection”.

MONEY MOMENT: I’m pretty sure you’ll understand which one it is when you see it. (Wink to those who HAVE seen it and know what the Hole i’m talking about)  😉

RATING: 10/10 (A True Masterpiece) 


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