Seven time Oscar nominated “The Shawshank Redemption” has been an all time classic since its release date on Sept. 23, 1994. The iconic cast involves Morgan Freeman (who has one individual Oscar, and was nominated for this movie) as character Red, and Tim Robbins who plays the main protagonist Andy Dufresne.
I want to start by saying that “The Shawshank Redemption” is hands down the greatest movie in the history of the big screen. No movie I’ve ever watched comes close to the cinematic excellence that belongs to this film. The combination of an excellent story and award winning cast, as well as the display of friendship, hope, wisdom and corruption among prisons creates a truly divine movie watching experience paralleled by no other.
The heartbreaking story of Dufresne getting accused for the murder of his spouse and her new lover is one that anyone can really feel for and get behind. Andy’s intelligence is something very present throughout the entire movie and sends you through a roller coaster of ups and downs, as it helps get him out of bad situations as well as puts him into them as well.
He is exposed to all of the rigorous torture of the US prison system such as rape, being jumped, guard abuse, political corruption, and even two back to back months of solitary confinement. All the while he stays calm, makes intelligent choices, and sticks to his plan. All of this combines to set up the most satisfying movie ending that I personally have ever witnessed.
There is only one very minor downside to this movie and that is the run time is a little bit long however the great characters and plot will easily carry you through it. And by the time you see the ending you will be so happy with it that any negatives of the movie will be forgotten.
I give “The Shawshank Redemption” a 4.8/5 star rating for being the best movie experience this side of the Milky Way, with only very minor problems.