Shawshank Reflection

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1) “The Shawshank Redemption” - Considering I showed this film as my student presentation, it’s pretty obvious I enjoy it. Also, this film is ranked #1 on IMDb. It may seem like a bit of an easy way out to call this my favorite film. But it really is. I love the acting (especially Morgan Freeman) and plot. I love how this film builds slowly and takes its time, which allows you to become invested in Andy’s fate. Interestingly, the film is not told from the protagonist’s point of view, but rather through the eyes of his good friend. I love the friendship that Andy and Red share in this film and how it gives them both the strength to survive prison, and then freedom. The end of this film, beginning with Andy’s escape, is what makes it exceptionally great. I just didn’t want it to end. The film’s value statement that “Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things. And a good thing never dies,” is worth hearing. 2) “Good Will Hunting” - I love the relationship Sean (Robin Williams) and Will (Matt Damon) share in this film. Both grew up in broken and abusive homes and find solace in each other at very different times in their lives. I like the film’s message about how love can be scary, but it makes life worth living. People often forget Robin Williams was not just a…show more content…
For its time, the special effects in this film were incredible, but that is not why I enjoy the film almost forty years later. Again, George Lucas’ scoring is masterful as the film builds to one of the greatest cinematic reveals of all time. Every time I watch “The Empire Strikes Back”, I find myself immersed in the plot and rooting for Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, and Han Solo just as much as I did the first time. This film does not conclude with good triumphing over evil or all of the audience’s questions being answered, but the light side lives to fight another
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