The Shawshank Redemption is on most peoples top 10 movies of all time. I watched it for the umptheenth time last week. Normally I don't critique a movie, but I wondered what made this so good?
1: The lack of explicit violence / sex. The rape scenes are implied, the beatings by the guards are shown but not in "tarantino" close up with brains and blood everywhere.
The film doesn't need to show gratuitous violence in close up and is, by far the better for it.
2: Morgan Freeman: His voice overs, delivered in that amazing voice.
3: the portrayal of criminals as failed humans. I don't think we ever find out what crime Freeman's character committed but there is no doubt that he regrets it and is ready to return to society when released.
4: The plot is believable. It is easy to imaging Andy chipping away at the wall each night.
The final crawl through 500 yards of maure filled pipe to freedom.
Wearing the wardens' shoes back to his cell.
It felt like a film that wasn't rushed in getting to the conlusion.
5: The theme of friendship throughout the film. Robbins and Freeman have an enduring friendship that is portrayed so well in the film.
Anyone else agree / disagree?