this movie is over-rated but i won’t go so far as to say i was disappointed - i wasn’t.
it just simply wasn’t the movie i thought it was going to be.
i thought it would be some deep stuff, instead it was just a good movie, but it’s really meant for an average person.
“The Shawshank Redemption” is probably what an average person’s idea of a deep movie is, and even that only up to about the last 30 minutes where it turns into just a run of the mill Hollywood.
so basically it tries to be deep for the first 2 hours and even then it only succeeds by the standards of an average person and then it just plain stops trying and just goes for a Hollywood style ending.
but it isn’t bad. it’s just less deep and more cheesy than i thought it would be.
the story is actually really good, it’s just that i wasn’t looking for a story - i was looking for some deep philosophical reflection - instead i got a good story.
to reiterate - “The Shawshank Redemption” is an average man’s idea of what a great movie is.
To a superior intellectual like myself it is barely better than “Top Gun Maverick” … only about 50% better.
“The Ballad of Jack and Rose” i saw a few days ago was WAY more serious of a movie, no comparison at all. But it was also more boring as well. “The Shawshank Redemption” is really a basic bitch movie masquerading as some profound shit. But it’s a good basic bitch movie at least.
I could probably compare “The Shawshank Redemption” to “The Notebook” ( 2004 ) as both being CHEESY AS FUCK while pretending to be something more, except that Notebook is about Love and Shawshank is about friendship …
of course everybody recognizes “The Notebook” for what it is because it’s about true love of a white man and white woman ( big no-no in Hollyweird ) while “Shawshank” is considered some kind of masterpiece because it’s about friendship of a Rich White Guy and a Black Criminal …
actually the movie is surprisingly free of the typical White = Bad, Black = Good hollywood messaging, instead it takes a more colorblind approach … probably typical of the era in which it was made before Hollyweird went full Anti-White … it’s just cheesy and predictable ( despite some plot twist )
it’s not a bad movie but i don’t really respect it