The Shining (1980) Film Review

The classic Kubrick interpretation of the Stephen King novel when Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson), his wife Wendy (Shelley Duvall) and Danny (Danny Lloyd) spend the winter taking care of the Overlook Hotel, not realising that the hotel is possessed by an evil power.

Having recently listened to the audiobook of The Shining, I was keen to watch this again. Famously, King did not like this film, and I can see why. It is unable to present a lot of the background material from the book, and some of the elements which are key to the story are left out. It means that some parts are somewhat disconnected, and the story told isn’t necessarily the story from King’s novel. But as a film, it’s hard to dispute that it is stunning, and scary, and quite wonderful.

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