Since the inception of motion pictures, cinema has created wonders that have left the audience enthralled. The silent era gave way to the talkies and the film industry has never stopped changing and evolving till date. Time and again the industry has proved its potential by creating such phenomenal movies that people don’t only remember, but tend to revisit. One such movie is The Shawshank Redemption, which will celebrate its 20th year on 23rd September, 2014. IMDb’s ranked The Shawshank Redemption the first place in the “Top 250” list and of course the movie is considered as one of the best movies of all time.
Director/Screenwriter, Frank Darabont adapted horror master Stephen Kings’ 1982 novella Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption. When the movie was released in 1944, it received lukewarm reviews. In spite of this, the film was nominated for various awards and critics appreciated the movie for the realism it portrayed along with its acting and story.
The movie stars some of the greatest names like Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman, Bob Gunton, William Sadler, Clancy Brown, Gil Bellows and James Whitmore. The story of the film revolves around Andy Dufresne, a New England who spends 19 years in Shawshank State Prison where he is convicted for the murder of his wife and her lover despite, his claims of innocence. He is initially disapproved by his fellow inmates because of his introvert manner. But he soon forges a friendship with Ellis Boyd “Red” Redding, a fellow inmate. He soon becomes popular with the guards and Andy finds himself protected by the guards after the warden begins using him in his money laundering operation. With focus and a strong mind, Andy maintains his sanity and dignity even after serving 20 years in the prison. Hope is a strong theme in the movie, and it is the ultimate means of survival according to Andy.
The movie is also appreciated for its cinematography. There were many shots and angles that brought in the realm of realism. The screenplay too was very well written. Every actor in the movie gave justice to their character, particularly Morgan Freeman. Redemption and freedom are the two main themes on which the movie runs. Where Andy exhibits the theme of freedom and hope, Red exhibits redemption. The great thing about this film is the way it connects with us and arouses curiosity and admiration.