It wasn’t until after I put this book on my library list that I realised it would count towards my non-fiction goal. I reserved it because I’ve been listening to Mark Kermode on the radio quite a lot recently, and knowing that he’d written a few books, thought I’d try a couple.
This is a really short book, more of an extended essay than anything else. Kermode runs through The Shawshank Redemption in chronological order, picking out the main themes as he does so. He talks a lot about the religious themes within the film, which are difficult to miss when you think of that famous image that appeared on the poster and on the front of this book; the Christ-like pose is not exactly subtle! But Kermode did point out a number of other things that I hadn’t picked up on, and he also touched on the idea of the prisoners worshipping the cinema too.
This book reinforced two things for me. Firstly, that I love The Shawshank Redemption. Secondly, Mark Kermode is one of my favourite film reviewers, and for all his hilarious ranting when it comes to films he hates, he really does know what he’s talking about.
Three down, seven to go on number two of 32 Before 32 – read ten non-fiction books.