It's an essay film where the authors are silent, and their subjects paint their own collage of meaning for us. Many theories out there are genuinely credible, but 'Room 237' is mainly interested in the more outlandish extrapolations. In the end the viewer is left only with their subjective view, just as many questions, and assuredness of Kubrick's genius as the architect of a semiotic maze.
A documentary for cinephiles that takes movie geekdom into realms that range from the profound to the ludicrous. As a curiosity watch it is pretty intriguing, and while there are a few plausible interpretations of this Kubrickian classic, the romanticised, far-fetched assertions are the most memorable.
Sells off a bunch of immature and shallow imaginings of what cinephilia is like, where instead of actually looking at a film and comparing it, it's dissected by prop pieces, spouting misunderstandings like that Kubrick planned everything to mean that objects within compositions were important rather than using objects to create an image. Frankly gives time and ear to liars and self-promoters.
I don't even know what to rate it. I hated so much about it. The non-Shining footage, the Minotaur lady, freakin' Stanley Kubrick's in the clouds guy. So much of the film is a lesson on what not to do when analyzing. I do, however, like the concept of thinking about how we watch films. Overall: More disappointing than entertaining.
I don't understand the widespread positive reviews from critics for this movie. I think it was more interesting than good but even the interestingness wore off after a while and transitioned into boredom.
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.
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!