Friday, June 19, 2009


Expecting a deluge from the sky, I rented a couple of movies to watch today and write about. I'm reading Richard Krevolin's HOW TO ADAPT ANYTHING INTO A SCREENPLAY and he mentions Shawshank Redeption as one of the best screenplay adaptations from a book. So I was curious to watch the movie less for entertainment's sake and more with a critical eye. I enjoyed every single scene.

Andy and Red. What a duo in the quintessential hero journey. And what a journey. Who doesn't remember the sensation of liberation after the shit-filled sewer (still can't shake the raw language) gave birth to Andy right spank into a river torrent, a cleansing, his final wash before starting life over after 20 plus years in prison? Andy reached such unthinkable lows throughout the movie that the final high had to be as sweetly momentous and it was.

Some great lines from Red:
"Nothing left but all the time in the world to think about it."
"They send you here for life and that's what they take."

In a letter from Brooks after he got out on parole:
"The world went and got itself in a big, damn hurry."

The hero journey in every movie reminds us of the indefatigable human spirit. If Andy Dufresne can do more than survive and LIVE, anyone can.

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