The Shawshank Redemption (1994) - Old is Gold Mondays
Why do we watch movies? Sometimes we like the cast or the director; other times it is to feel emotions of joy, sadness or fear. However, the main reason why we watch movies is because we like stories and few films out there have a better story than Shawshank Redemption.
Narrated by Morgan Freeman, a character serving a life sentence, the story is as smooth as his voice with a cool and calm flow that allows us to observe the daily life of Red, Andy and other prisoners. It is a different kind of prison film as there is no excessive violence or struggle to survive; instead, it is more of a struggle to live a little by doing small redeeming acts that make us human. The colors are bleaker, the cameras are slower and the people are more composed and balanced all for the purpose of bringing us close to the story.
Due to its calm pacing and lack of action, the film skillfully explores the tragedy of a life sentence and the concept of becoming institualized. 10, 20, 30 years of a man's life pass repeating the exact same routine day in and day out trying to find a way to get through despair by doing some acts of decency. The acting of both Robbins and Freeman bring out human qualities and values that push this story along with occasional moments of warmth and happiness. I think I will make it a habit to watch it every 10 years.
Get busy livin' or get busy dyin'