The movie is good and gets better with repeated viewings. I'll go on a limb here and say I thought The Green Mile was better. Not by much, but still better. I would still give them both **** stars though. And to all those people that say Shawshank should have won Best Picture in 1994, sorry, but that should have gone to Pulp Fiction.
Frank Darabont directed a real jem in Shawshank. It's one of the only DVD's I have which I gave repeated viewings to (because I'm constantly buying and viewing new flicks). Yes, it is one of the most perfect movies around IMO.
I would disagree with Gilbert and say that Shawshank was better than the Green Mile. I loved Shawshank. plain and simple.
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My vote goes for Shawshank over the Green Mile as well.
Shawshank was nicely done. The ending bookend segment from the Green Mile changed the tone of the story and gave it a downer ending that was not needed.
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Since you asked for opinions, I'll venture mine. Obviously, from the other replies you've received so far, you aren't alone in your admiration of the film. But I have no idea what anyone sees in this film. Words cannot express how much I HATE this film. When I watch SHAWSHANK (I've seen it twice), I see nothing but cheap sentiment and cartoon villains; I feel like I'm the one serving the life sentence as each agonizing minute passes. I find nothing interesting or compelling about anything that happens on screen. I truly am puzzled by why the film is so well regarded. I know that there are others who share my distain for the movie, but around this forum, mine is certainly a minority opinion. But you did ask.
Well, I like it. Granted, TSR is simplistic, but it's undeniably entertaining. I find it to be quite involving despite its two-plus hour running time.
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This is a real gem of a movie with great writing and great performances down the line from Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman, James Whitmore, et. al. The theme of hope comes out more clearly than in any other prison movie I have seen. This movie also has a great soundtrack, by Thomas Newman, I think.
It's strange just how many posts about Shawshank are popping up suddenly after so many years of the movie being out but I agree, it is one of the 20 best movies of all time in my opinion. Very well made. Great acting etc.
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Shawshank is perfectly crafted and is an excellent movie.
I also agree Shawshank is better than The Green Mile. Very, very well done.
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I find that Shawshank stands up to repeated viewings. Never get tied of seeing this great film. Definitely in my top three.
Unfortunately, I cannot say the same for The Green Mile. I did like the film when I saw it, but it gets tiring after a second or third viewing.
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I too loved Shawshank, and think it a better movie than The Green Mile.
What's weird is that I think I liked the book The Green Mile better than Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption. But the movies are flip-flopped. Weird, maybe TGM just doesn't translate as well with all of its biblical allegories.
Carlo - I concur with you. I like the Shawshank movie better but I prefer the Green Mile book more.
Darabont was in a real groove with Shawshank and the changes he made for Shawshank were on the mark.
Unfortunately for the TGM he fumbled the ball a little and inadvertently lessened the impact of the movie because of it.
not showing the last rites scenes for the prisoners, and in the ending bookend sequence not showing Mr. Jingles passing on and giving Tom Hank's character the knowledge that he too will pass on eventually.
IHMO, of course.
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I have never managed to sit through that movie to the end. It lacked convincing sincerity even though the cast was excellent. I'm the only person I know that didn't think much of the film.
On the other hand, I enjoyed the Green Mile. It wasn't the best movie, it wasn't the best book, but it was definitely moving.