Friday, December 15

The Shining Starring Jack Nicholson

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The Shining is one of the most famous horror films ever made. Its a classic that we often here quoted, there have been parodies and varies other things based on The Shining. Of course this film is based on the brilliant book by Stephen King. The film came out back in 1980. The film stars a very young Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall and Danny Lloyd. The film was directed by the brilliant Stanley Kubrick. Surprisingly the film only picked up one award and five nominations. However since its release the film has become something of a cult classic.

The film tells the story of a family who move up to a remote hotel known as the Overlook. The family are to look after the hotel through the winter while it is closed. In doing this they will be cut off from the outside world for the winter as the snows come thick and hard. So now Jack Torrance and his wife and son must pull together to through the winter. However the hotel is hiding some dark secrets, before long the loneliness starts to get to Jack and strange things start to happen in the hotel. Before long he is loosing his mind and then chaos breaks out in the hotel.

This is a great film. Its not a scary as it was when it first came out, modern films I suppose have had an effect on people and they are now harder to scare. But even though this film is thirty years old it does not feel that way. Its visually brilliant and the way the director can create this wonderful tense atmosphere is great.

Jack Nicholson is great in the role he plays. He has a way of pulling off the crazy man very well. The music in the film really sets the mood well and creates some very good scenes. While the film is quite spooky it has a way of keeping you always on the edge of your seat and wondering what is around the next corner.

The film runs for 142 minutes which really flies by. There is so much going on in the story and it never drags. As you feel the ending approaching it really moves at a frantic pace and keeps you interested!

The film was originally rated as an 18 but has since been brought down to a 15. Which shows how people are more tolerant of violence and bad language which I’m not sure is such a good thing. Anyway there is quite a bit of violence, bad language and some nudity in this film, so its really not one to watch if you are easily offended.

Now I should mention I have never had chance to check out the DVD for this film. So this is a film only review and I can’t comment on any features the DVD may or may not have.

Overall this is a really good film. However I don’t think its as good as some people make out. This makes it into many ‘greatest films of all time’ lists but to be honest I don’t think it deserves that. Yes its good but its not that good! But if you have never seen The Shining its one of those films that everyone should watch at least once! So give it a try and remember…… Here’s Jonny!!

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