As The Mad Hatter once pointed out, sometimes the classics weren't as great when they first came out. The three main movies that fall into that category are Citizen Kane, It's a Wonderful Life and The Shawshank Redemption, the latter I will be reviewing.
Banker Andy Dufrense (Tim Robbins) is sentenced to two life sentences after murdering his wife and her lover. Despite his pleas, he is sent to Shawshank State Prison, where there are violent prisoners, abusive guards and a corrupt warden. While serving his time, he becomes friends with fellow prisoner Ellis Boyd "Red" Redding (Morgan Freeman).
It's interesting. I've seen some of the greatest movies ever made, and some of them didn't leave the same impact The Shawshank Redemption had on me. I will admit I was slightly appalled that it lost Best Picture (who wasn't?), but at least it got recognized.
My Rating: *****