Maybe I’m just a cretin

Tonight I righted a great wrong in my life.  Shawshank Redemption is consistently rated highly on best film lists (maybe favourite films?  That would make more sense to me), yet I had never watched it.  And I consider myself to be somewhat “into” film (I dislike the term “buff”).  So finally I gave it a go.  And its a pretty good film.  Just not that good.  I’ve seen many more gripping, affecting, etc. films, even around similar ideas.  The Escapist, for example.  It came out last year.  You didn’t hear too much about it, but I would say I found it far more engaging, clever, thrilling, pretty much everything was better, for me.  I do have to say that when I watched that I was not also engaged in a thrilling tug of war cum wrestling tickling fight over a pillow (ok Ruth, you win, but really I win…), but still, I should have been more engaged, right?  I mean it was voted number one on a top films list I saw the other day.  Number one!!  Gimme a break.  Maybe I would have liked it better if I had watched it earlier.  I don’t know.  On the other hand, Avatar was number two, so maybe these people are just stupid.  In conclusion… overrated.  Not bad, just overrated.

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