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Review- The Shining

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The
Shining
(1980)


Image1
 
 ‘The
Shining’
is
a
horror
film
based
on
a
Stephen
King
novel
and
was
directed
by
 Stanly
Kubrick.
It
revolves
around
a
man
named
Jack
Torrance
who
accepts
a
 role
as
a
caretaker
for
the
Overlook
Hotel
as
it
closes
for
winter,
taking
his
wife
 and
son
with
him.
Jack’s
plan
is
to
use
the
quiet
and
solitude
to
continue
his
 writing
endeavor’s,
but
supernatural
forces
are
at
work,
twisting
the
man
and
 creating
an
inescapable
hell
for
Jack’s
wife
and
son.

 
 From
the
outset,
Stanley
Kubricks
‘The
Shining’
is
a
thoroughly
immersive
and
 unsettling
experience.

In
the
early
scenes
depicting
Jack’s
interview,
he
is
 informed
of
a
previous
caretaker
losing
his
mind
and
butchering
his
family
 before
committing
suicide;
this
little
back‐story
ends
up
constantly
nagging
at
 Written
by
Emily
Clarkson


the
back
of
a
viewers
mind,
ever
present,
like
a
shadow
in
the
corner
of
one’s
eye.
 From
that
moment
on,
every
single
scene
that
follows
carries
a
sense
of
 something
hiding
out
of
sight.
‘A
feeling
of
deep­rooted
evil
runs
through
every
 frame
in
mesmerising
fashion.’
(Carty,
2012).
To
demonstrate
Carty’s
point
of
 view,
the
scenes
in
which
Jack’s
son
Danny,
rides
around
in
his
tricycle,
through
 the
enormous
empty
corridors,
followed
quite
closely
by
a
camera
at
the
same
 level
creates
this
tension
that
he
is
being
followed
by
a
preying
creature
or
 presence.

 


Image2


The
sense
of
Jack’s
isolation
is
communicated
from
the
very
beginning
of
 the
film,
by
use
of
specific
camera
shots
and
set
design,
‘Kubrick
gives
us
the
eerie,
 colossal’ (Bradshaw,
2012)
as
opposed
to
the
typical
cramped
dark
used
in
most
 other
scary
films.
The
car
is
seen
from
a
helicopter
view,
travelling
completely
 alone
through
mountainous
regions.
Jack
sets
up
to
write
in
a
rather
cavernous
 lounge
area,
positively
dwarfing
Jacks
character.
But
the
descent
into
insanity
is
 anything
but
a
solitary
one;
achieved
through
a
series
of
scenes
the
viewers
will
 find
themselves
questioning,
or
suspicious
of.

 It
has
been
made
clear,
as
winter
sets
in,
the
Torrance
family
are
the
only
 occupants
of
the
hotel,
but
yet,
when
Jack
makes
a
visit
to
the
bar
he
finds
a
 barman
to
converse
with.
Danny
comes
face
to
face
with
some
rather
spooky
 young
girls
both
alive
and
dead.
These
scenes
have
been
highlighted
by
Roger
 Ebert
leading
to
his
very
valid
questions
‘Who
is
the
reliable
observer?
Whose
idea
 of
events
can
we
trust?’
(Ebert,
2006)

After
all
Jack’s
extreme
mood
swings
make
 him
the
Psycho,
Danny’s
visions
make
him
the
Psychic.
Finally
peace‐maker,
 Wendy
deals
with
the
aftermath
of
her
husband
and
sons
‘episodes’,
but
then
 again
she
could
be
inventing
them;
after
all,
Jack
told
the
manager
his
wife
was
a
 prolific
reader
of
horror
stories.
In
the
end
Ebert
concludes
‘we
cannot
depend
on
 any
of
them
for
an
objective
view
of
what
happens.’
(Ebert,
2006)
it
appears
to
be
a
 ‘closed­room
mystery’
.
But
this
feature
of
the
film,
this
conscious
deliberation
 over
the
information
by
audiences
is
what
has
made
it
the
most
intriguing
and
 enduring
of
horror
films.
Full
of
rug
pulling
twists,
a
stellar
performance
from
 the
cast
and
a
tension
building
soundtrack
that
demands
a
viewer
to
fear
even
 the
days
of
the
week;
this
is
a
film
to
be
watched.


Written
by
Emily
Clarkson


Bibliography


 
 Bradshaw,
Peter
(2012)
The
Shining­Review
 http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2012/nov/01/the‐shining‐review
 
 Carty,
Stephen
(2012)
The
Shining
(1980)
 http://www.flixcapacitor.co.uk/film‐review/the‐shining‐1980
 
 Ebert,
Roger
(2006)
The
Shining
(1980)
 http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060618/REVIE WS08/606180302
 
 
 Pictures
 Image1:IMDb
(2012)
The
Shining
 http://www.imdb.com/media/rm701865472/tt0081505
 
 
Image2:
Carty,
Stephen
(2012)
The
Shining
(1980)
 http://www.flixcapacitor.co.uk/film‐review/the‐shining‐1980
 


Written
by
Emily
Clarkson


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