A subjective documentary that explores the numerous theories about the hidden meanings within Stanley Kubrick's film The Shining (1980). The film may be over 30 years old but it continues to inspire debate, speculation, and mystery. Five very different points of view are illuminated through voice over, film clips, animation and dramatic reenactments. Together they'll draw the audience into a new maze, one with endless detours and dead ends, many ways in, but no way out.Written by
Late comment. In Room 237, Danny is pictured as going on second from first floor, with editing, on his second Big Wheel stroll. In The Shining. The stroll starts on the second floor, right after Wendy watches the weather in the kitchen. See more »
In one of the trailers, a card is shown: "Neither this film, nor any view or opinion expressed in it, nor the context in which film footage and images are used, is approved or endorsed by, or is in any way associated with, the Kubrick 1981 Trust, Stanely Kubrick's family, Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc., or anyone else connected with the making of the motion picture The Shining ('The Shining Filmmakers'). The views and opinions expressed in this documentary film are solely those of the commentators in it and do not reflect the views of Stanley Kubrick or The Shining Filmmakers." Stanley Kubrick's name is misspelled in the first sentence (assuming it is not deliberate). See more »
This review should be done in two parts: firstly, reviewing the theories presented and secondly, reviewing the documentary style itself.
First, most of the theories are just plain boring and are of a "so what?" nature and they lead nowhere. Example is the number 42 stuff. It's presented as an interesting point, but it doesn't lead anywhere. Same with the American Indian stuff. The movie itself plainly tells us that the hotel was on an Indian burial ground and there are Indian motifs in the hotel. It's not a grand conspiracy to think that Indian spirits could be involved here. And the whole minotaur part was 5 minutes of my life I wish I had back. Some of what these people are saying could have easily been edited down.
The Apollo 11 stuff was somewhat interesting, but it this seems to have been handled the least for some reason.
Overall the theories I don't think were presented well at all in most cases.
Now, as far as this film itself, it was pretty poor an amateurish. The interviewees' sound wasn't good at times, and one of them even has to say "hold on" because his child is making noise. This is what I would expect of my neighbor, not a produced film that is getting good reviews.
Also, the clips not of The Shining that occur during conversation to relate to what's being said is at times distracting and unnecessary. And there are more than one times where someone who might not know every second of The Shining don't know if they are watching a clip from it or some other movie or just some random thing that's trying to tie in to what's being said. Again, this isn't handled very well at all.
The film works in that if gets you thinking at times, but there are other times where you roll your eyes. This doesn't help the overall theme.
It could have been much better.
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