Stacey Bates’s review published on Letterboxd:
It's been an unacceptable amount of time since I've been able to just enjoy a movie instead of sitting in nit-picky judgment the whole way through. I cannot believe this ugly cover art kept me from watching this masterpiece for so long.... Guess I should've taken "never judge a book by its cover" into account.
In blatant honesty, the single time I cried during the film was when Brooks talked about how he hoped Jake the crow would come visit him but he never did. Ugly sobbing. I'm going to get a pet crow.
It's just that there are so many things about 'The Shawshank Redemption' that I could rave about to the point where I'm so overwhelmed I feel like I'm reduced to babbling on about Jake the crow. Trust me, Jake the crow is excellent, but so is the rest of the movie....it's just too complex for description from my vocabulary apparently.