Well, I appreciate her giving her opinion, but it still doesn't explain that film's reverence by some. We get all the inner workings and the details, but it doesn't explain the overall picture. Shawshank does everything competently, and some things really well, but what is it that propels that film into the upper echelon? Its cinematography is good, but not spectacular. It poses interesting questions, but nothing startlingly new. It's characters are good, but labor under a layer of sentimentality.
The truly great films, in my mind at least, have something that provides a shockingly new shift in perception, in expectations, in how we look at the world. Even if they tread familiar themes, they take a new approach. Shawshank is reaffirming, definitely entertaining, and I can see that it warms the heart, but I don't see it attaining or even really striving for those lofty heights.
I really think that in an era of diminishing expectations that films like Shawshank tend to get a bit overvalued.
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