A magnificent piece of art. That is ‘The Shwashank Redemption’.
Andy Dufresne is wrongly accused based on circumstantial evidence, leading to his conviction for the murder of his wife and her lover. Sentenced to life at Shawshank prison, the narrative unfolds into an extraordinary tale of hope, determination, trust, courage, resilience, tenacity, and friendship. Describing the magnificence of this movie is a challenge, as words alone cannot capture its essence.
The scenes that are extremely moving:
- James Whitmore, who plays Brooks Hatlen, commits suicide after being released from prison after serving there for 50 years because he cannot adjust to life on the outside.
- ‘First you hate ’em, then you get used to ’em. Enough time passes, you get so you depend on ’em.’ – Morgan Freeman as Red.
- The overweight man who, on his first night in prison, cries that he wants to see his mother. – ‘I want to see my mother. I don’t belong here! I want to go home! I want my mother! It was a mistake.’ – is heartbreaking.
- The conversation between Andy Dufresne and Red –
‘You know what the Mexicans say about the Pacific?’
‘They say it has no memory. That’s where I want to live the rest of my life. A warm place with no memory.’
- The scene when Andy Dufresne tells Red about an imaginary character and ends like this: ‘The funny thing is… on the outside, I was an honest man, straight as an arrow. I had to come to prison to be a crook.’
– All scenes towards the end title
This film warrants regular revisits, providing a refreshing experience every few months to invigorate the mind and spark contemplation. It serves as an exemplary masterclass, epitomizing the pinnacle of cinematic excellence. Audiences will find themselves enthralled by the exceptional storyline shaped by Stephen King and brought to cinematic life through the storytelling genius of Frank Darabont.
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