You know, I used to call this film my favourite film ever. Then someone told me (disparagingly) that everyone says that. So I stopped saying it. Yes, I’m that easily influenced.
But, I had some friends over tonight – one of whom had never seen it – and we watched it.
I’d forgotten. It really is a beautiful film. Don’t think I’d have said that before. Think I liked it because of the twisty-clever way Andy escapes – the satisfaction that the baddies get what they deserve and because Morgan Freeman is cool. It was a cool film.
But tonight I discovered that its a movie about hope and friendship. Andy brings inmates hope through beer and music and a library… He teaches hopeless Red to hope and it pays off.
The thing is that Red’s instincts about hope being a dangerous thing is right. Andy discovers the pain of that when the only person who could prove his innocence is removed from the equation. And yet life without hope is no life at all.
“Get busy living, or get busy dying.”
A beautiful film. If you’ve never seen it, watch it immediately. If you’re pushed for time, here’s the plot in a minute… 😉