The Shining (1980)

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The Shining (1980)
  • Time: 115 min
  • Genre: Horror | Mystery
  • Director: Stanley Kubrick
  • Cast: Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Danny Lloyd

Storyline:

Jack Torrance becomes the caretaker of the Overlook Hotel up in the secluded mountains of Colorado. Jack, being a family man, takes his wife and son to the hotel to keep him company throughout the long and isolated nights. During their stay strange things occur when Jack’s son Danny sees gruesome images powered by a force called “The Shining” and Jack is heavily affected by this. Along with writer’s block and the demons of the hotel haunting him Jack has a complete mental breakdown and the situation takes a sinister turn for the worse.

One review

  • Show any conspirator a Kubrick film and they can give you a theory. But no film of his has sparked more confusion, restlessness or frustration than The Shining.

    One hesitates to even call it a film. Because it’s so much more than that. It’s an experience. And regarding the experience, Kubrick has somehow managed to record every personal or close feeling you’ve ever felt and translate it into celluloid. Indeed, there certainly is something very dubious, dangerous and deeply personal about this movie that is difficult to define. But I think I speak for everyone when I say that there is no escaping the unsettling paranoia when one feels when viewing this film.

    The dark, foreboding tones of the film do little to put the audience’s mind at ease. During it’s over two hour run time, we have to endure the harshest psychological mind games that visual story-telling can abide. From a setting standpoint, The Overlook hotel is so much more than it appears to be. It’s a danger zone for paranormal energy and madness. Watching the film is like descending into delirium. And in plainer terms, the film reveals a savage father’s hatred for his family…as ghosts and spirits coax his inner demons out from where he tried to bury them.

    The Shining is more than a simple movie. It’s an experience unlike any other. Watching it once is not enough. You have to watch it a few, even several times before you can finally understand all of it’s complex and inter-woven concepts. But even then, no one can really say for sure what the film is trying to say. Though we have tried desperately to decide on what it means….

    35 years later…we still don’t have a clue.

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