“The Shawshank Redemption” is one of my favourite movies of all time, and obviously I’m not alone in that opinion. The Internet Movie Database regularly has it at the number one spot of its 250 list, so I guess the public has spoken. There was a period where the Superstation (a tv channel based in Atlanta now called “Peachtree TV”, I believe) would have the movie on heavy rotation, and despite seeing it pop up every second day, I would always be hard-pressed to change the channel. It’s got a lot going for it, obviously. It’s based on an excellent novella, “Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption”, by Stephen King, from the same collection which included “The Body” (the basis for “Stand By Me”), “Apt Pupil (the basis for the similarly-titled Ian McKellan-as-a-secret-Nazi movie) and “The Breathing Method” (which is the basis for putting the book away once you’ve read the other three novellas, ’cause it sucks).
Acting-wise, there’s a lot to like. My personal fave is Clancy Brown as the abusive head guard, but he’s always awesome. Whenever I see Mr. Krabs screaming at Spongebob Squarepants, I’m always concerned that’s he’s going to throw him off a roof (or shoot him from the shadows of a dimly-lit guardtower).
The director, Frank Darabont, followed this up with “The Green Mile”, another Best Picture nominated prison drama based on a Stephen King story, featuring Jeffrey DeMunn. Great flick. Then he did “The Majestic”, about which we will not speak. Recently, he brought “The Walking Dead” into our living rooms, but left the series after the first season, under mysterious circumstances…
Anyway, “Shawshank” is always worth a rewatch, so why not pop it and enjoy some quality cinema? Or, if you’re short on time, why not “Like” this comic on Facebook? All the cool kids are doin’ it.