Monday, 9 January 2012

Review of The Shining


Fig 1 Poster of the Shining



A family become the winter caretakers of an isolated hotel where Danny, the son, sees disturbing visions of the hotels past using a telepathic gift known as "The Shining". The father, Jack Torrance, is a writing project when he suddenly slips into insanity as a result of cabin fever and former guests of the hotel's ghosts. Soon after jack goes mad he’s then running around trying to kill his wife and son.  

Hallorann warns Danny to stay clear of Room 237, where the violence took place, and he tells Danny they share the "shining," the psychic gift of reading minds and seeing the past and future. (Ebert 1980) strange enough that Danny has a gift where he can read minds. Dick warns Danny of the room 237. The room is haunted by the caretaker. Funny as Danny has the ability to somehow, stop the parents from going to the hotel in the first place. During the film Dick in his bed senses that something is wrong as he calls up the rangers.  The film is really disturbing and has a much untaken feeling. Especially with the music it’s awful because something is going to happen it gets louder.  It could be entering the feeling of a horrific scene. Though where you have Danny and Dick who are physic they don’t help. Dick gets sliced with an axe. You would think hope is lost. A ability that could save Danny and Wendy.  


Fig 2 Jack and Waiter

“It has been pointed out that there's a mirror in every scene in which Jack sees a ghost, causing us to wonder whether the spirits are reflections of a tortured psyche.” (Berardinelli 2009)  It seems that jack at this point has lost his mind. As it seems he sees ghosts, as in one particular scene as jacks sits down at the bar. Jack says ‘All I want is a drink’ as he closes his eyes opens them and there’s a waiter.  The ghosts are already trying to drawn him in. So then Jack is basically giving into the spirits which are trying to change him.  This is resulting to uncanny and a figment of Jacks imagination. Which jack is falling for and yet Jack cannot see it happen to him. But strange enough it’s happening to Wendy and Danny as they can see disturbing things happening in the hotel to. But not in the level of Jack as he has complete lost it.   


“Nicholson's face suited though it is to demoniacal expressions.”  (Adams) Jacks face with his expressions is mad and scary because this does have character which makes you feel uncomfortable. Wendy’s face is screaming for fear of her life. As she’s watching Jack destroy the door with an axe. This is very insane and of putting.  Understanding Jacks character being a mad man does work in a very bad way.  This does causes fear in the eyes of Danny especially because as he’s only a little boy Danny is as tough to run away from him and catch Jack of guard when he loses him in the maze.  Danny wipes of his footsteps on the snow.  This is quiet intelligent as Danny is trying to out think his father to escape. As in the end Jack loses him then he falls to the ground. The threatening feeling is to be chased by your father is trying to kill you. What is so bizarre beyond recognition?  The point of this film is trying to understand that Jack has gone mad but can he fight the demons that seem to lurk within him.  The dark side does unfortunately win what is a disappointment. It does feel that the uncanny lurks in the film strongly.  

List of illustrations:

Fig 1 ‘Poster of the Shining’
(Accessed on 09/01/12)

Fig 2 Jack and Waiter
(Accessed on 09/01/12)

Bibliography:
Roger Ebert (2006)
(Accessed on 09/01/12)

James Berardinelli (2009)
(Accessed on 09/01/12)

Derek Adams
(Accessed on 09/01/12)


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