The Shining is a Hollywood classic

7 Oct

Stanley Kubrick deviates somewhat from the Stephen King’s novel, but his adaptation of the story creates what many people consider a horror classic. Jack Nicholson plays Jack Torrance, an aspiring writer who takes a job as the caretaker of the Overlook Hotel. His son, Danny possesses a psychic ability that allows him to see things in the past and future. Soon after they settle in, Jack becomes influenced by a supernatural presence and slowly descends into madness.

Kubrick is known for his attention to detail, and this film is no exception. His mastery of mis-en-scene creates some of the most chilling images. My only criticism is the casting of Shelley Duvall. Her performance is dismal compared to Jack Nicholson. I have never understood this choice, but I figured it had something to do with her “awkward” appearance. The combination of Kubrick’s intellient direction and his willingness to explore the subject material transcends this film from popcorn fare to Hollywood classic.


Adam’s Grade: A-

Chuck’s Grade: A

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