Shawshank Redemption Analysis Essay

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Shawshank Redemption Analysis

The Shawshank Redemption
For my analysis, I chose the movie The Shawshank Redemption. Frank Darabont directed
Shawshank and wrote the screenplay based on the novel Rita Hayworth and Shawshank
Redemption by author Stephen King. The movie was made in 1994 and produced by Niki Marvin.
The movie stars Morgan Freeman and Tim Robbins as two convicts serving time in a New
England prison named Shawshank.

Tim Robbins plays a man named Andy Dufresne, a banker, who gets convicted of murdering his
wife and her lover and is sent to prison in Shawshank. Andy eventually becomes good
friends with a fellow convict by the name of Ellis Boyd "Red"ding (Morgan Freeman) who is
able to get anything for anyone within reason. The story follows the prison life of Andy
Dufresne and his eventual escape from Shawshank's walls.

Frank Darabont does an outstanding job of directing the movie. He interweaves scenes with
nice fluid shots. The shots are not jarring or rough cut. Darabont tends to take the story
at a distance allowing the characters to establish their traits to the audience instead of
pushing many different angles at the audience. The position of the camera is intricately
placed in all scenes. The movie is a good example of classical cinema. One of my favorite
traits of this movie is how the whole story looks like it was filmed with a blue filter.
The filters give a special beauty to the scenes, which in turn causes more dramatic
feelings for the audience. With this filter the movie tends to bring out the two different
colors of blue and brown. The blues of the uniforms are all the more dramatic compared to
the drab brown buildings surrounding the prisoners. The colors also produce irony in the
last scene of Red and Andy on the beach. The blue and brown colors that once gave feelings
of confinement and despair in the prison are now colors of freedom and happiness.

The lighting that goes along with many scenes is also interesting. The whole movie is shot
primarily in high contrast with the exception of the guards who are mostly in the shadows.
The lighting that follows the guards present a darkness to their characters, they are
displayed as brute and wicked. Most of the violent scenes all take place in the shadows as
well, with low key light. The lighting of these scenes give a sense of violence without
actually showing it in the film.

The screenplay written for The Shawshank Redemption is exact and precise, everything in
the movie complements the development of characters. You watch how the prisoners depend on
certain things due to their long term incarceration. Prisoner camaraderie, and feelings of
hope in hopeless situations are good examples of this.

The film has a odd climax that is not fully understandable until the last few scenes. The
ending is a total surprise as to how Andy escapes from Shawshank. These last few scenes
are so tremendously written. The narrator, Red, brings the movie together well here. Their
friendship you have grown to be a part of throughout the film only intensifies Red's
ending narrative explaining the details of how Tim Robbins character escapes from
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