Uplifting. That’s a word you don’t usually associate with the writings of Stephen King. And it’s not often you associate that word with prison movies, either. But The Shawshank Redemption is a different kind of movie in a lot of ways. A lot of great ways.
You know a movie has been perfectly cast when you can’t imagine anyone else playing the characters. Tim Robbins was born to play Andy Dufresne, and Morgan Freeman is at the peak of his skills as fellow inmate Red.
The Shawshank Redemption was nominated for seven Academy Awards. It won none. It lost Best Picture to a little something called Forrest Gump. Tom Hanks also took the Best Actor award that in most years might have gone to Morgan Freeman. But readers of the Web site imdb.com have a different opinion. Right now Shawshank is number one, not just for 1995, but all-time. That’s right, it’s currently the popular choice as the best movie ever.
The movie’s final scene, which I won’t divulge to avoid being a spoiler, is one of my very favorite movie moments. And yes, I’m a sucker for happy endings, I’ll reveal that much. If you’re one of the few who’ve never seen this film, watch it this weekend. I mean it. You’ll thank me.