Final Film Critique: Shawshank Redemption

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Final Film Critique: Shawshank Redemption Pamela Lawson ENG 225 Instructor Markham December 12, 2013 The movie, The Shawshank Redemption (1994), is a remarkable story of a man imprisoned for life who finds friendship and eventually redemption through his acts of kindness and common decency. The main character is named Andy Dufresne and he is a young and successful banker convicted of killing his wife and her lover. He is send to Shawshank Prison to serve out his life sentence. Over the next 20 years in prison, Andy holds on to his optimism and gradually gains the respect of the other inmates. During his incarceration he befriends Ellis “Red” Redding, who is also serving a life sentence for murder, and they form a tight friendship giving compassion and comfort to one another. The story itself is one of hope, courage and determination. There are many elements that make up each film and help tell the story. I will explain how all of the cinematic components of storytelling, acting, cinematography, editing, sound, genre, and style and direction combine together to make one of the best movies ever, and how the underlying themes of hope and freedom are communicated through the story. The movie has some very interesting narrative elements. The plot is about a man who is wrongly convicted of the murder of his wife and her lover. He is sentenced to serve out a life sentence at Shawshank Prison. The movie is set during the years of 1947-1966 and follows his experiences once he arrives at the prison. In act one, although Andy profusely claims his innocence, he is convicted anyway and sent to Shawshank. He has a very difficult time at first, but eventually starts to make friends. One of the friends he meets is Red, who is also the narrator of the movie. Red was sentenced to life at Shawshank prison at the age of 19 and is the man who can get anything

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