One of the few Stephen King adaptations that actually manage to deepen the story and given the characters richer details. Frank Darabont has beautifully adapted the novella with rich dialogue that is excellently acted by a male ensemble who give their all. It is no wonder this film is on the top of many lists.
This movie has incredible framing in the way that most shots are "closed" to make one when watching, feel as if they are trapped in the prison too with the main character. The composition of the mise-en-scene is quite what you'd expect from a prison film: a bunch of grey tones and cells, prison guards everywhere, inmates, and so on. The placement of inmates vs guards highly stands out, it feels very natural and real.
One of those movies, like It's a Wonderful Life, that show you that even somewhat simplistic popcorn movies can have soul... From a Stephen King story, of all places... Features my favorite line from any movie anywhere, "get busy living or get busy dying"... You're damn right...
Una pietra miliare della storia del cinema. Tecnicamente ottimo e dotato di una buona trama, ricco di buonissime performance recitative e di quel finale che non ti aspetti. Sarebbe da 5 stelle se non fosse che alcune scelte di regia sono tremendamente viziate dai soliti dogmi hollywoodiani da botteghino.
The Good Banker, or how Capitalism Saved my Life. Should one toss such cynical (but also: true) calculations and the typecasting aside, I guess this one is some fine feelgouda-cheese. It holds your hand and combs your hair with its warm life lessons. Even after the anal rapings.