Old But Gold: The Shawshank Redemption

Yet another oldie, but I simply can’t help it today. I watched The Shawshank Redemption for the FIRST TIME EVER last night, and I’m absolutely not proud of waiting so long. Guys, I’m completely in love with it and, frankly, I can’t wait to watch it again. Oh, and if you haven’t noticed, I get extremely passionate about movies, so when I finally see a good one, it makes my entire week and I can’t stop talking about it.

The Shawshank Redemption (Even the name is awesome) is rated 9.3 on IMDb and it’s number 1 on IMDb’s Top 250 Rated Movies list (and yet I hadn’t seen it….). It is narrated by Morgan Freeman, which automatically increases the quality because Morgan Freeman’s voice is everything. Freeman, who in the movie portrays Red, tells about his time at Shawshank prison throughout the 50s and 60s where he meets the former banker Andrew Dufresne who was convicted of murder and sentenced to life.

Although his life seems hopeless with a double life sentences, Dufresne adjusts to life at Shawshank and, with time, he befriends the other inmates, especially Red, the fellow murder convict who has an immense respect for Andrew. Andrew’s imprisonment doesn’t take away his hope and his dreams about going to the Pacific Ocean. The movie has a crazy twist and I would not like to spoil more because I really think you should watch it, if you haven’t already.

The Shawshank Redemption is a beautiful movie about hope, about not giving up on life and about how far your intelligence can go! It also tells a beautiful story about Red’s and Andrew’s friendship at Shawshank and how they manage to create happiness despite their tragic destinies. What this movie succeeds at is showing how people can adjust to anything in life as long as they maintain their hopes and their dreams. Another detail about The Shawshank Redemption is that, although it’s narrated by Red, we don’t only see it from his perspective but we follow Andrew and other inmates separately.

The Shawshank Redemption undoubtedly gets 5 out of 5 clapperboards, as it is one of the best movies I’ve ever seen. If you liked The Green Mile, you’ll love this.


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