Nine Things I Love About Shawshank

Seems like on any given weekend, I can flip through the channels and come across The Shawshank Redemption, and more often than not, I will pause to watch it, if only for a few minutes.

There’s so much right in that story–both the screenplay and the novella Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption.

I got to thinking, what is was that I liked so much about it? So I started a list:

  1. Few things are more satisfying in fiction than when a villain is foiled by his own treachery.
  2. Shows you can swim through a river of sh!t and come out clean on the other side.
  3. Tim Robbins is sweetly adorable. (Okay, okay, unrelated to the screenplay or the novella, but still.)
  4. Persistence pays off.
  5. The moments of pure angst followed by the palate-cleansing redemptive moments (for example Brooks’ suicide followed by Andy’s opera takeover).
  6. I have no idea what those two Italian ladies were singing about either, but I concur with Red.
  7. Demonstrates and says: Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things.
  8. Get busy living or get busy dying.
  9. Zihuatanejo. I just like the way it sounds… Zihuatanejo.

Are you a fan of Shawshank? What do you feel are the strengths of the story? And if you’re not a fan, where does it fall short?

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