"That's the beauty of music. They can't take that away from you."
As an avid Stephen King reader, I am happy to state this is both my favorite Stephen King story and my favorite adaption. Extremely good story extremely well made. Can't ask for much more than that.But you get more. Morgan Freeman is possibly the best choice in Hollywood for this role. Cuse his character, Red, does a lot of narrating, and Morgan Freeman's voice is perfection.
This is the story of Andy, a lawyer turned prison inmate, and the effect he has on his fellow inmates and the evil warden. This movie has a great storyline. But mostly it's the characters that drive the story. As we learn more about Andy (I do believe this is one of the very few movies in which Tim Robbins doesn't bother me, and in fact does an amazing job), we see why he draws people to him as he does, and we really pull for him. Oh, there is this one superevil guard - and it's the guiy who played the evil immortal in Highlander, and holy shit is he scary. Ok, sorry, I'm done. Andy redeems himself from his crime - big time. I mean, he's in there for murder, but a quarter of the way into the movie you can't even remember his crime, because you just want his freedom so badly. This movie makes you feel.
It's great on all levels, really. Character development is one of the best ever, in my mind. Dialogue is flawless, cinematoghraphy is above average, and isn't distracting. In this movie that's the best solution.More than anything, it's the story here. It is really worth your time. I don't think anyone coudl come out of this movie dissapointed. 5 sporks.