Tuesday, 12 January 2016

Space Oddities- The Shining 1980

Movie Review

The Shining 1980 was directed by Stanley Kubrick, it is a gothic horror film and does have the  blood-letting and gore of the more modern films in horror genre.The film is based on Stephen kings novel of the same name..The film story at the beginning was about a perfecly normal family spending the winter in  an empty hotel. While the film continues some ordinary shots that taken of the actors are interrupted by sequence of corridors which blood flood out from such as lift lobby suggesting to the viewer something sinister as happened, or is about to happen, in the hotel.

Figure 1 Movie poster

Figure 2 - The young boy 

Figure 2 The young boy 'Danny'  friend 'Tony' speaks and tells strange things will happen but haven't  happened yet such as seeing flashes of images throughout the beginning of the two murdered girls.  He always rides his bike in the hotel corridors then the two twin-sisters appears from nowhere to ask the boy to play with them. He got a afraid and escaped from the girls. Danny is being left behind but  he told  to beware and stay away from room 237 because  of violent things had could happend there. The psychic gift of reading minds and seeing the past and future is a feature of the story.


Figure 3 - Still image 

Figure 3 Nearly end of the film when the lady character Shelley Duvall as Wendy  Torrance turns into 'Olive Oly' a bit of the characteristics in the Popeye cartoon  show because she feel nervous also can able to see her eyes pop out and hands movemoment changing.

The writer King hates the way Kubrick portraied the character of Wendy Torrance as played by a hysterical Shelley Duvall. “Shelley Duvall as Wendy is really one of the most misogynistic characters ever put on film, she’s basically just there to scream and be stupid, and that’s not the woman that I wrote about,” he said.( Hatfull 2013)

King also going to say about the film:

"It's cold, I'm not cold guy. I think one of the things people relate to in my books is this warmth, there's a reaching out and saying to the reader, ' I want you to be a part of this' with Kubrick's The Shinning I felt that it was very cold. We're looking at these people but they're like ants in anthill, aren't they doing interesting things, these little insects." (Hatfull 2013)

For this film, Kubrick has provided spatially impossible room sets. This add another psychological layer to the film because it is attempt to disorientate audiences " the set feels inescapable and overwhelming (Eddy 26.7.2011)
This film is highly rated  by site such as rottentomato.


Eddy. M ( 26.7.11) Spatial Impossibilities Made The Shining Even Creepier
http://www.themarysue.com/impossible-shining/ ( Accessed 12 January 2016)

Hatfull, J. (2013) Stephen king still hates Stanley Kubrick’s the shining. Available at: http://www.scifinow.co.uk/news/stephen-king-still-hates-stanley-kubricks-the-shining/
 (Accessed: 12 December 2015).

Miller, L (2013) What Stanley Kubrick got wrong about ‘The Shining’. Available at: http://www.salon.com/2013/10/01/what_stanley_kubrick_got_wrong_about_the_shining/
 (Accessed: 10 December 2015).

The shining (1980) (no date) Available at: http://www.filmsite.org/shin.html 
(Accessed: 10 December 2015).


Figure 1- Movie poster
(Accessed: 10 December 2015).

Figure 2 - The young boy
 (Accessed: 12 December 2015)

Figure 3- Still image
(Accessed: 10 December 2015).

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