Stephen King was wrong. Kubrick adapted his book perfectly by removing the cheese and added more spices to it. It is a terrific film shot with Steadicam and has some of the most tense moments ever put on film. The fact that we know that Jack Nicholson is crazy doesn't matter as it what he is going to do with his family that is scary. Also good is the fact that there is some mystery left in the plot. A horror classic.
I guess I’m most impressed by the fact that Kubrick, who you would never really think to be fluent in the language of horror before this considering he had never dabbled in that area, actually had an impeccable understanding of what makes horror horrifying. Seeing him take a genre seemingly unfamiliar to him and completely dominate it, well... it justifies all the praise Kubrick ever got as a filmmaker.
One of the most important aspects of The Shining is the set design, considering that the story is about a haunted hotel. The hedge maze, the blood-spilling elevator, and the winding hallways through which Danny rides his tricycle are all iconic, but I think one of the most important rooms is the ballroom, which gets a complete makeover the second time Jack enters it, to make it look like it takes place in the 1920's.
Almost as nasty as 'A Clockwork Orange', but so much more fun since it is prevented from being nearly as portentous due to being based on a Stephen King novel despite the fact that it really wants to pretend that it isn't. It's sheer sensory enjoyment to glide along with the camera through the Overlook's labyrinthine spaces. For me, the experience is a touch too cerebral to be nerve-shredding, but that's nae bother.
Masterful camerawork and music played by echoes creates an eerie atmosphere that is worth to go back to. Ironically, Jack Nicholson's power house performance - along with rushed and unnatural descent into madness - brings humor into the horror and turns this into dark comedy. Still, one of the finest accomplishments of its genre that manages to turn its flaws into iconic cinema moments.
On se souvient que la vision du film lors de sa sortie nationale en octobre 1980, nous avait laissés une impression mitigée, même si cet étonnant condensé de fantastique, de folie, de mystère et d'horreur, sous la patte géniale de Stanley Kubrick, nous paraissait plutôt convaincant, sous l'inspiration indirecte d'un Stephen King déchaîné. 25 ans plus tard, un nouveau visionnage et..... www.cinefiches.com
A typically sure-handed, if ascetic, treatment from this director which conveys the spatial unease created by certain architecture better than almost any other production. The covert references and subtext may well be true but whatever they are, they're subtly hidden beneath the austere Grand Guignol surface with nearly everything here on top-form.