The Shawshank Redemption Is A Legend Of The 1990s

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Introduction The 1994 prison escape thriller The Shawshank Redemption is a legend of the 1990s. It has been acclaimed as the best prison movie to this date according to IMDb (Stenberg). Many movies following The Shawshank Redemption have tried and failed in their attempts to recreate this behemoth of a movie. Being the critically acclaimed movie that it is, The Shawshank Redemption is bound to have countless reviews critiquing and praising every aspect of the plot, director, setting, and countless other variables. Each of these selected reviews differ in their rating, plot rundown and discussion; and the resemblances and differences can be clearly seen between the reviews as well as the movie itself.
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Developmental Section Washington Post writer Desson Howe describes The Shawshank Redemption by saying, “It wanders down subplots at every opportunity and ignores an abundance of narrative exit points before settling on the aforementioned finale.” (Howe). However, The Hollywood Report writer Duane Byrge describes The Shawshank Redemption by saying, “In the lead roles, both Robbins and Freeman are outstanding, layering their performances with snippets of individuality: Their small, daily sustenances and minor triumphs are wonderfully inspiring.” (Byrge). Following in the same theme of Byrge’s review, another film reviewer, Janet Maslin of The New York Times, praises the delicacy of director Frank Darabont and the hard work of the actors Morgan Freeman and Tim Robbins are praised immensely (Maslin).
Unlike the reviews of Maslin and Byrge, Howe paints The Shawshank Redemption in a bad light, and while a few other critics share the same views as Howe, those critics keep their reviews short and to the point without much reason. Having said that, Howe is one of few that does take his review and backs it up with reasonings from the movie, pointing out nuances that could go unnoticed unless otherwise stated. Even as Maslin points out the greatness of The Shawshank Redemption, she also relates to Howe’s review, as she points out some flaws, writing about the extreme length of the movie, as well as a complaint about the gentleness of
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