- Greenhead College
- Review Date
- 22 November, 2015
I'm not a horror film enthusiast but "The Shining" is one of the few horror films that I did enjoy watching. It is a film that does not need to rely on blood, gore and special effects as it has an incredibly gripping story. The cinematography is in my opinion flawless with some free-flowing and smooth shots. The camera seems to effortlessly follow the character's around the maze of corridors. I was also impressed with how realistic the sets looked. I didn't get the usual way too cliche haunted house vibe from it at all. Another equally amazing thing is, after all this time, is how well Kubrick used his actors, music and visuals to underscore the themes of the story itself. The technical details are prototypes in themselves, helping the story build massive tension; the long hallway shots, the eerie musical score, the use of words written backwards, the implication of a blizzard, and the tall, wide staircases establish a sense of uncertainty for both the audience and the individuals in the movie.
Kubrick's cold and detached approach to directing works splendidly for a chilly horror film, and the unpredictable force of nature that is Jack Nicholson teeters all the time between making you giggle and scaring the wits out of you. When he explodes, you won't be sure how far he can go. Together they made a great team and with a blend of their talents gave us a classic.
This film absorbs you completely and I would definitely watch it again.