And isn't it awfully cool that they use footage from 'Demons' as much as they do.
Fascinating film detailing the ultimate in cineaste obsession in a selection of theorists offering their takes and hypothesis on the (hidden?) meaning of Kubrick's 'The Shining'. Some are obviously crackpot theories but some have some validity for the meticulous Kubrick could not have made that many continuity errors could he? Maps of the overlook, changes in costume or design..etc. A must.
See a collection of people reacting to Kubrick's The Shining as if it was a Rorschach Inkblot Test. Everyone starts to project their own expectations and interpretations into the film, making the most impossible conections in image superimpositions during fade-ins, props in the background, and continuity errors. In the end it's a documentary about the crazy fans of cinema rather than about The Shining itself.
It's easy (it really is) to write this film off as a pulpit for a handful of obsessive crackpots, but on a larger level Room 237's appeal (at least for me) lies in the idea of how we look to art to decode meaning and draw broader parallels (whether it be to other works of art or to the larger world), and how that enriches the power of our relationship to given works of art.
Many potent observations regarding Kubrick’s use of space are used to reinforce some utterly arbitrary and idiosyncratic conclusions (let’s not talk the moon landing guy). Regardless, such a display eccentricity is symptomatic of cinephilia. At the very least, it serves as a useful case study of fandom.
Suppose you are thinking about a plate o' shrimp. Suddenly someone will say like 'plate' or 'shrimp' or 'plate o' shrimp' out of the blue, no explanation. No point in looking for one either. It's all part of the cosmic unconscious.
Some of it is a stretch, sure, but it's still an immensely entertaining look at one of the most fascinating films of all time. I could buy the stuff about the Holocaust and the Indians.
I'd like to see a similarly made doc that deconstructs the technical "failures" of Birdemic, explaining how the bad cgi birds are ACTUALLY a covert metaphor for Nazi Germany and so forth.
3 1/2 stars out of 5. Well-visualized & edited. The guy who had to stop talking to shut his kid in the background up was a nice touch. For as much of a ridiculous stretch as some of the theories in this documentary are, you can't say they're not interesting. Even Moon Landing Guy's. Whether you whine about this movie or like it, you're not going to watch The Shining (or any of Kubrick's other work) in the same again.
You ever been stuck in a conversation with a stranger while waiting to use the bathroom? Imagine that for over 90 minutes.
I think some of the below commenters are making out the people in the film to be stranger than they are. Sure, there are some whacko idiotic points, but there are also some thought-provoking ones too that make a lot of logical sense despite them being out there. I enjoyed it.
Please understand that this is not a movie about 'The Shining.' This is a movie about crazy people who need to be heavily medicated and, possibly, institutionalized.
The word "like" is said 52 times in this movie. 52 weeks are in a year, one week is 7 days. Also, The novel The Shinning is 447 pages long. 7 appears again. The novel was published in 1977. Kubrick's favortie movie Eraserhead was released in 1977. This is the kind of shit that people talk about in this film. I had a good laugh though.
Horrible. Like a slightly more polished YouTube video mash-up narrated by barely articulate fanboys.
The theories are quite far-fetched, but that's part of the fun! You have to go into this with a very open-mind. I think of it more as a statement on The Shining's mysterious legacy rather than a straight telling of these theories as if people believe them to be true. These people do NOT believe these theories to be true; they are interpretations. I thought it was fascinating and very funny!
★★★★ nutty and jaw-dropping in equal measure, it is designed to train viewers to become alert to what they’re really seeing. Kubrick would have loved this.
In the end of this film, you'll understand why nobody really liked to play chess with Stanley.
Great fun for a Kubrick fan such as myself. Some of the interpretations concerning what Kubrick was really trying to say with The Shining are very far-fetched while other are quite interesting. Room 237 mainly shows you how films (or any work of art for that matter) can mean so many different things to people and how we put our own agenda and background into the experience, hoping to catch a glimpse of ourselves.
it's an absolutely genius film, for what it DOESN'T do. No talking heads (just their voices), and the director doesn't appear, not even in voiceover, to lend any authorial voice. So what we get is pure subjectivity. This film is a wonderful piece of editing, and is really experimental if you stop to think about it. I personally found something real human about the way it literally shows us what other people see
Found the movie interesting, and it really shows how many ways people interpret movies. Some arguements was way outrageous than others. Like Cubric seposedly was in the plot of staging the appolo moon landing. If at all those clues are put there to make us believe that, I think the purpose of it was to make us believe in a conspiracy theory that in fact are just nonsense. Anyway, at least entertaining in my opinion!