Joel's 100 Films in 2015: The Shawshank Redemption

2. The Shawshank Redemption watched 1/01/2015 A film's relentless cable airings can wear your love for a movie down. Break the soul of a movie, even a beloved movie, right open and expose it's flaws and weaknesses. A great comedy can suddenly seem trite and clumsy. A great drama can feel maudlin when over-imbibed. It happens even to the best of films.

I thought, when I showed Shawshank to Kelly for her first time and what was likely my 20th, that I'd be immune to its charms. But time and overexposure have done nothing to destroy the beautiful inner-workings of the story of Andy Dufresne.

Morgan Freeman has had an amazing career with maybe a dozen roles that many different people would claim among their favorite movies of all time. But Red may be his greatest character and thus Shawshank his greatest role. In a film full of great performances he still stands out.

5 stars.