TSR Movie Madness: Drama Group Final: Shawshank Redemption v Fight ClubWatch
Who will progress to the next round? You decide.
The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
Perhaps the most famous cinematic disappointment ever, The Shawshank Redemption made up for it's poor box office with a second wind on home release based almost solely on word of mouth, catapulting it to the top of many people's film lists. Spanning decades, the film looks at life in prison and a blossoming friendship between the prison's fixer and a man convinced of his own innocence.
Fight Club (1999)
Considered a flop on it's initial release due to incredibly poor marketing by 20th Century Fox, David Fincher's classic would have to wait several years to be appreciated as a success. Based on the book by Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club spoke for a generation that felt emasculated and without a place. Ed Norton and Brad Pitt give sensational performances as a duo that shrug off modern life to recreate their own brand of chaos in the world.
For the first time in the competition I give the nod to Shawshank.
- Study Helper
Shawshank is a great film. But it wasn't definitive, it wasn't original, it wasn't even that well written. Ask yourself, if it wasn't morgan freeman saying those lines, would they actually be good dialogue?
'Dat Makes Me Sad Doh'
Fight club was and is definitive. It's original. It's well written. The acting was great apart from one loose end (Yes, looking as Helena Bonham Carter). It definitely deserves my vote here for being a film that explores deeper technique and thematic discourse than anything Shawshank comes close to.
To be honest, neither of these films rank amongst my favourites (if I had a 'Top 50' I'm not sure either would make the cut)
I think Shawshank's popularity (Top of the imdb 250) owes a lot to it's simplicity, it even has a narrator to hold your hand all the way through it and has the redemption to leave people happy at the end of the film.
Shawshank is too happy bunnies for my liking and giving everyone the ending they want whereas fight club just gives an AWESOME ending.