The Shining

The Top 63 Marathon, part 16

Title: The Shining
Year: 1980
Length: 143 minutes
Director: Stanley Kubrick
Writers: Stanley Kubrick & Diane Johnson, based on the novel by Stephen King
Starring: Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Danny Lloyd
Music: Wendy Carlos & Rachel Elkind (but mostly non-original music)
Distinctions: currently #48 on the IMDb’s Top 250

My reaction
Synopsis: a family spends the winter in an isolated, haunted hotel
How I saw it: on video several times, most recently two days ago (rented from Netflix)
Concept: Bad.
Story: Bad.
Characters: Good.
Dialog: Good.
Pacing: Great.
Cinematography: Great.
Special effects/design: Great.
Acting: Good.
Music: Great. Although, I kind of wish Kubrick had used more Wendy Carlos; her theme fits the tone of the movie much better than the frantic and busy classical stuff he used.
Subjective Rating: 8/10 (Great). The story’s dumb, and the movie’s never very scary for something that’s supposed to be horror. But it’s extremely suspenseful, and the imagery is unforgettable.  The movie has a sort of lumbering enormity to it that you can’t look away from.
Objective Rating: 3.1/4 (Very good).


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