The Shawshank Redemption - Movie Review

The Shawshank Redemption

The Shawshank Redemption - Movie Review

Any story written by Stephen King is bound to make for a great film. Frank Darabont did a commendable job bringing this story to life. The plot is great and the movie gets you hooked from your first minute of watching.

The story is about a banker named Andy Dufresne who was sentenced to life in prison for the murder of his wife and her lover, even though he was innocent. You can clearly see at the start that he did plan to do it, but he changed his mind and got rid of the gun and left.

He came to his senses and decided that murdering them isn't the right plan. But the next day they end up getting murdered anyway and he was the prime suspect. He goes to prison and we see his hardships, conflicts, good deeds, and the friends he made along the way. 

Each character was unique and interesting, whether they were good or bad, they were all memorable and you got that intriguing feeling about them. You loved to hate the guards, the warden and especially Bogs and his crew who always brutally assaulted Andy. 

It shows you the horrors and torture that most prisoners go through during their time in prison. Every scene was beautifully put together and Frank did an excellent job with each camera angle. I loved how each sequence took its time and nothing felt rushed or too forced.


The music was extremely perfect in every way, even after all these years it still puts you in the intended mood. Whether it was inspiring depression or joy, the soundtrack was just pure art.


The movie had many great scenes but my favorite part was when Andy was talking to Red in the field and telling him about Zihuatanejo. This scene was just beautiful and both actors did an amazing job. It just shows you how stellar the writing and story is.


Overall, I really love this movie and I still think it's one of the best story adaptations ever made. I'd give it a solid 10/10 and I highly recommend that you go watch it if you haven't already.

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