Film Analysis: The Shawshank Redemption

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From the movie choice given, I have choose The Shawshank Redemption. This movie is a 1994 America film directed by Frank Darabont based on Stephen King’s short story “Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption”

The Shawshank Redemption is a well-written story that portrays patience, loyalty and hope. With amazing and interesting story and the characters it has make the film extra extraordinary, something that many other movies are lack of. This story really caught my attention as it is not a cliche prison-drama film. Although this film is based on Stephen King’s novella but the story line of the film is more interesting than the book.Normally when a film is based on a book, a lot of things will be cut out of the film but that is not the case
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Morgan Freeman plays Red, narrated the story of Andy and his life in Shawshank. Bob Gluten plays Warden Norton, and William Sadler plays Heywood, James Whitmore plays Brooks who is all friend with Red and Andy in the prison. Clancy Brown plays Hadley, the lead prison guard.The actors that are chosen for this film are perfect for their roles. Morgan Freeman is an excellent and layered actor as in the novella Red is written as a middle-aged Irishman with red hair hence in the movie Morgan Freeman needs to brings out the image of an middle-aged Irishman to the watcher which was quite challenging for him as he is an African American but he indeed he did a great job. As for Tim Robbins,his acting is definitely on point in fact wonderful as he is really convincing and he has make the watcher feels like they are with him in the…show more content…
As we all know it’s Andy is the one who brings the light of life into the darkness of the prison, just like the wall destruction. Meanwhile,Andy’s escape are hidden by the wall decor which is a poster and this makes the shots more than just cool set-ups attempting to put the camera in uniques spots.By this, it has upraised them to the level of symbolism.
Additionally, a lot of medium closed up shots in the film, especially when the prisoners are talking. This is because the viewers should feel close to the characters, to get to known them on the level that they known each other. If there is no medium closed up shots, it will make the film appear less individual than it is.
Shawshank Redemption was a box office flop as it only earned 58millions dollar. it suffered from weak numbers of viewer because this film is competing with similar-themed films like Forest Gump(earned 677.9 millions dollar) and Pup Fiction(earned 213.9 million dollars). Although this film wasn 't really that attractive to the viewer compared to others film, but as time pass, it slowly gained more likes from the
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