About bloody time, too. Excellent script and superb acting. But doubts I have.
At the risk of sounding like a purple-faced self-righteous shmuck at а dinner table -- or his mother-in-law -- are the central characters really a fair representation of the clientele?
Allright, Andy is not really a criminal. But Red, Heywood and Tommy aren't scary either. They look suspiciously like educated, well-versed actors who aren't even trying to appear criminal.
The guards look sinister and believable, so the director certainly had the skill to make the crooks look the part. Obviously, he didn't intend to.
I don't think the film is about a prison. It's a tale about an emotional backbone, without which no freedom is possible.
Maybe it's my prejudice. Indeed, I am ignorant of what is it like to be actually locked up.
And I don't have much respect for dinner-table judges either, you don't throw judgments around like that. It's your moral duty to precisely understand both the crime and the punishment.
P.S. Freeman is the best. A man who was born to talk.
P.P.S. I didn't like Cheeger's Falconer one bit.
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