Saturday, November 23, 2019


 The Shining is directed by Stanley Kubrick and stars Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Scatman Crothers, and Danny Lloyd. The plot of the movie is a family heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where a sinister presence influences the father into violence, while his psychic son sees horrific forebodings from both past and future. This movie is awful the whole film was a failed experiment thinking that random creepy irrelevant images coupled with an incoherent story progression devoid of any character arcs would be successful.    Good story progression would show Jack Torrance starting out as a well-adjusted, happy family man that gradually descends into complete psychosis and homicidal mania. Instead, Kubrick shows him as already a man dissatisfied with his life, marriage, son, and career. Then, Kubrick just flashes a title card on the screen saying "One month later" and Jack is already deteriorated towards the verge of madness. That is horrible storytelling and proves that Kubrick has no clue how to execute a character arc. No cause is given to why he becomes a homicidal maniac. There's also no correlation between all the surreal, nightmarish imagery.    I don't mind methodically paced films as long as there's a purpose to it all. Any talented editor could make this a much more effective film by chopping a good 35 minutes out of it. Horror films require momentum to equal good pacing, and good pacing is necessary for solid tension. Still, even if there was tension and good pacing which there is not the fact is, there are no endearing characters in this film for me to build any sympathy for. I don't care what happens to them because they are one dimensional, emotionless, weak-willed people.  0 out of 5 stars for The Shining. I hope you enjoyed my review.

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