The Shawshank Redemption

(Frank Darabont, 1994)

with Jess de Martine, Barn Screening Room, 12/28/14



Finally!  I’ve seen it!  And you know what?  It’s very good.  I love the way Andy Dufresne is presented as both a hero and a cipher – both a likeable guy, and a bit of a cold fish.  Tim Robbins is perfectly cast in the role of Andy – and Morgan Freeman, playing the much more grounded and relatable narrator, makes a perfect foil.  In a sense, The Shawshank Redemption is a spiritual brother to Cool Hand Luke; like Luke, Andy is less a protagonist than a legend, and the movie – in its calm, laid-back way – has the feel of a tall tale.  Warm and mellow even in its darkest moments, Shawshank unfolds like a summer afternoon – and if the last ten minutes feel a bit slow and redundant, that’s a small fault that we can easily forgive.

Published in: on January 6, 2015 at 8:04 pm  Leave a Comment  

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