The Shining

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Let’s talk about The Shining on HBO Max. Jack Torrance becomes a winter caretaker at the isolated Overlook Hotel in Colorado, hoping to cure his writer’s block. He settles in with his wife, Wendy, and his son, Danny, who is plagued by psychic premonitions.

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The Shining on HBO Max
Rating: R
Genre: Drama, Horror
Type: Movie 2h 26m
Released: 1980


Haunted by a persistent writer’s block, the aspiring author and recovering alcoholic, Jack Torrance, drags his wife, Wendy, and his gifted son, Danny, up snow-capped Colorado’s secluded Overlook Hotel after taking up a job as an off-season caretaker. As the cavernous hotel shuts down for the season, the manager gives Jack a grand tour. The facility’s chef, the aging Mr. Hallorann, has a fascinating chat with Danny about a rare psychic gift called “The Shining,” making sure to warn him about the hotel’s abandoned rooms and, in particular, the off-limits Room 237. However, instead of overcoming the dismal creative rut, little by little, Jack starts losing his mind, trapped in an unforgiving environment of seemingly endless snowstorms, and a gargantuan silent prison riddled with strange occurrences and eerie visions. Now, the incessant voices inside Jack’s head demand sacrifice. Is Jack capable of murder?


Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, and Danny Lloyd

Filip’s Review:

Another brilliantly directed film by Kubrick. Straightforward, with an interesting story, from which many horror films derive today.

It seems to me that this masterpiece created by Stanley Kubrick is one of the most underrated films in cinema history. I’ve come across many opinions about it, and they have mostly been very negative.

This is a great, simple horror movie with a phenomenal atmosphere and brilliant acting. The way Kubrick plays with light is something amazing. There weren’t any scary scenes in the film, yet I was slightly scared. Seriously for the atmosphere, I can immediately give this film a 5/5.

The story is also gripping. However, I will honestly admit that at the beginning, the movie seemed a bit more interesting and promising. Then there’s the acting and, of course, Jack Nicholson. A genius and a master of cinema. One of his best roles. I don’t know if he was better in “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.” Great actor!

Unlike Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall played so badly and artificially that I think I would have played her role better.

Overall, I think “The Shining” is a great film and another work by Kubrick that I enjoyed.

I give The Shining on HBO Max 4 out of 5 stars. 


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