Stanley Kubrick's "The Shining" Review!
I don't like it. I know I know, how could I not like such a masterpiece? Well don't worry because I will tell you in my review! Before I begin, I want to point out that Stephen King himself didn't like this interpretation of his critically acclaimed novel. Also, I watched a different version of the novel which I actually liked. Soo.... Let's begin!
Story execution: 4
Production value/Style: 7
Ok, I wasn't too impressed with the script and that might be because of some of the acting. But it felt like they didn't develop the characters very well at all which really took me out of the movie a little.
The only reason why I have the acting an 6 is because of Jack Nicholson and that little boy whose name I can't remember. Jack Nicholson is so freaking awesome! He's always awesome! That scene when the boy sees those two girls in the hallway and is immediately horrified? Yeah that got me scared. Not because of the girls but because of that boy's facial expression. However, Shelly Duvall was just BAD. Honestly, I feel really bad for her. Stanley was way too hard on her, but her performance was still bad and I almost wanted to stop watching because of her acting. Also, that REDRUM scene was so annoying. I wanted to feel afraid but after what felt like 5 minutes of the but saying REDRUM over and over again was just too much for me
This is a also a mixture of the script. The story was suppose to be about a man's fall into insanity, but to me it felt like he started off kind of insane already. There wasn't a gradual decline in his mental state, instead it felt like he just showed the colors that were already inside of him from his life as apposed to ghost bringing him down to insanity.
The blood coming out of the elevator was an incredible moment. The unforgettable camera shot and infamous quote,"Here's Johnny!" Was totally worth the wait ( kind of) and the "I'm gonna bash your brains in" along with the camera shot of Jack slowly walking to the stairs are all amazing. With that being said, there wasn't anything else, production wise, that was game changing enough for this film to be considered one of the greatest Films of all time.
I'm not judging this film by average filmmaking, this is suppose to be the one of the greatest Films of all time. And I didn't see it. The acting overall was relatively average, saved only by Jack Nicholson and that boy(I'm gonna look up his name after this lol). The script was ok. The execution was not all that great. The production value/style had it's moments but it wasn't that great or scary. I wonder why Stephen King didn't like this movie, maybe it's because of some of the reasons I brought up?