The Shining (15)

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Time Out says

Tue Oct 30 2012

All of Stanley Kubrick’s films – be it ‘The Killing’ or ‘Eyes Wide Shut’ – demand to be seen on a big screen. They’re about people trapped in huge, indifferent machines gone wrong, from a heist plot to a spaceship, and only the huge indifference of the cinema does them justice. In ‘The Shining’, the machine is a haunted house: the Overlook Hotel, created by Stephen King and turned by Kubrick into an awry environment in which mental stability, supernatural malignance and the sense of space and time shimmer and warp to terrible effect.

The story sees Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson) drag his wife Wendy (Shelley Duvall) and psychic son Danny (Danny Lloyd) up a mountain to be the hotel’s winter caretaker. Things go badly. This is the original 1980 US version, 24 minutes longer than the one familiar to UK audiences. On the upside, it fleshes out the family’s city life and includes an intriguing TV-watching motif; on the downside, there are some daft scare shots and it didn’t ever exactly feel short at two hours. Still, a masterpiece.

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15

UK release:

Fri Nov 2, 2012

Duration:

144 mins

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Eimear
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I most certainly don't agree with what Chris said. At least Transformers was well acted, well cast and the mood properly set. All the tension creation in this film relied on the "eerie music", the film didn't flow well, it all seemed choppy and stop start. The characters were developed terribly, The character of Wendy, who was orignally supposed to be torn between love for her husband and love for her child but essentially a strong woman willing to do whatever it takes, is turned into a dithering arm flapping moron and Jack's transformation is not subtle and slow it's crude and way too blatant. In the space of five minutes, he goes from frustrated to obviously insane.. No flow to this film, actors were terrible (Duvall in particular), and the individual stories (Jack's writing, Wendy and Danny and Dick Halloran in Miami) were all much too disjointed.

caleb
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I agree with this review. While some of the imagery is memorable, as with other Kubrick films, the story and character development makes me wish he'd kept himself to cinematography.

Thomas Noctor

One of My favourite Horror films of all time. What's special about this classic is that it delivers its scares with the lights on! Stanley's best movie by a country mile! Let's just hope its left alone and not remade! Excellent film, and to compare thrash like Transformers to this classic is unforgivable! Quality movie! Up there with the best movies ever made!

godfrey

Kubrick filmed a dream-state; The Shining disturbingly evokes the sensation of being in the hypnagogic drift - "do I dream or do I wake?' Time Out's reviewer "FF" failed even to mention that The Shining was the first movie to use the now-commonplace SteadiCam, and s/he completely, utterly, ignores the presiding metaphor - that the Overlook is the United States. The metaphor is there is you want it - but once a viewer chooses to test that reading of the film, it's astounding to realise how brilliantly The Shining sustains and bears the geopolitical interpretation. Just because it doesn't have the low-budget grunge of the original Night of the Living Dead or Last House on the Left doesn't mean that Kubrick didn't know how to evoke a class-ridden America gone demonstrably mad. Reagan's at the door with his axe; "Heeeeere's Ronnie!"

godfrey

Kubrick filmed a dream-state; The Shining disturbingly evokes the sensation of being in the hypnagogic drift - "do I dream or do I wake?' Time Out's reviewer "FF" failed even to mention that The Shining was the first movie to use the now-commonplace SteadiCam, and s/he completely, utterly, ignores the presiding metaphor - that the Overlook is the United States. The metaphor is there is you want it - but once a viewer chooses to test that reading of the film, it's astounding to realise how brilliantly The Shining sustains and bears the geopolitical interpretation. Just because it doesn't have the low-budget grunge of the original Night of the Living Dead or Last House on the Left doesn't mean that Kubrick didn't know how to evoke a class-ridden America gone demonstrably mad. Reagan's at the door with his axe; "Heeeeere's Ronnie!"

Chris

You will never understand a genuis's work, because you have simple minds, and don't think outside the box. Leave this movie to intellects, and leave your simple-minded comments for movies like Transformers 2.

dhruv

i disagree with time out film guide's review. This is the only horror-epic after the exorcist and is undoubtedly the most unconventional story-telling in horror film genre. This movie has most exquisite tracking shots in film history and great visual treat. Jack Nicholson portrays a caretaker, who was a formerly school teacher and is a writer. As soon as one sees the character of jack nicholson and knows his temparaments, you are grabbed with great sense of fear as the family are experiencing great deal of isolation and are facing terrors of previous event. The aerial shots gives us the feeling that it is going to separate us from many worldly things. Jack Nicholson's character has many physical-ballet like actions and traces of it, which i believe one can find it in the performances of leonardo di caprio after 1990's. The hotel is more like a sinister, and again, as almost all of Stanley Kubrick's films, this has the quality of repetitive viewing. The Shining has definitely brought out one of the memorable images and true sense of photography in it. Superb cinematography, this is a must-watch!!!

dhruv

i disagree with time out film guide's review. This is the only horror-epic after the exorcist and is undoubtedly the most unconventional story-telling in horror film genre. This movie has most exquisite tracking shots in film history and great visual treat. Jack Nicholson portrays a caretaker, who was a formerly school teacher and is a writer. As soon as one sees the character of jack nicholson and knows his temparaments, you are grabbed with great sense of fear as the family are experiencing great deal of isolation and are facing terrors of previous event. The aerial shots gives us the feeling that it is going to separate us from many worldly things. Jack Nicholson's character has many physical-ballet like actions and traces of it, which i believe one can find it in the performances of leonardo di caprio after 1990's. The hotel is more like a sinister, and again, as almost all of Stanley Kubrick's films, this has the quality of repetitive viewing. The Shining has definitely brought out one of the memorable images and true sense of photography in it. Superb cinematography, this is a must-watch!!!

Thomas Noctor
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One of My favourite Horror films of all time. What's special about this classic is that it delivers its scares with the lights on! Stanley's best movie by a country mile! Let's just hope its left alone and not remade! Excellent film, and to compare thrash like Transformers to this classic is unforgivable! Quality movie! Up there with the best movies ever made!

Chris
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You will never understand a genuis's work, because you have simple minds, and don't think outside the box. Leave this movie to intellects, and leave your simple-minded comments for movies like Transformers 2.