It's the 25th Anniversary of the film "Shawshank Redemption". It didn't do well at the box office, initially. But, it slowly became the most popular film by some metrics. We all love the movie.
I never thought deeply about the reason the movie moves me to tears. In an interview with actor Tim Robbins, he explains why he feels the movie struck a chord with viewers.
"We all have various things that imprison us in our lives. Sometimes it's a job you hate but
you have to go to. Sometimes it's a relationship that you're trying to make work that is
hurting you in some way. Sometimes it's the circumstances you're born into. Overcoming
trauma, overcoming past traumatic experiences, all of these things are things that factor
into what eventually is a lack of freedom in our own lives."
After reading Tim's comments, I have a better understanding of my feelings for this movie.
DP took 40 years of my life. It was like an unjust prison sentence.
I admit that I lost hope after my 2nd episode of major depression. I never thought I would
survive my illness. But, I made it just like Andy and Red.
Remember Red, hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies.