'The Shining' Review

'The Shining' Review
One of the Best and Most Iconic Horror Films of All Time

Rating: ★★★★½

Based on the Stephen King's 1977 novel of the same name, Stanley Kubrick's 1980 adaptation of 'The Shining' is one of the most iconic and best horror movies of all time.
Deviating a lot from the source material, the movie follows Jack, his wife Wendy and son Danny as they move into an isolated hotel, with a violent past, for the winter. Living in isolation, Jack begins to lose his sanity, which quickly starts to affect his family.

Jack Nicholson's famous turn as Jack Torrence is well-worthy of its praise. Rarely do you see a performance in which the actor completely disappears, becoming the character, and Nicholson does exactly that. On first glance, Shelley Duvall gives an awkward performance as Jack's wife Wendy Torrence; constantly shaking and stuttering on her words. But given more context behind her character and the situation she is in, Duvall's performance is a magnificent portrayal of a person in the continual state of fear. At just five years old, Danny Lloyd gives an excellent performance as the young Danny Torrence. The performance from the former-child actor was impressive, ranging from terrifying to be terrified without being either jarring or too over-the-top to the point of feeling too unrealistic.

Running at a lengthy 146-minutes, the movie never feels too long. You constantly engaged in the tragedy shown on-screen. If it is because of the mesmerizing cinematography by John Alcott, Wendy Carlos and Rachel Elkind's creepy score, Kubrick and Diane Johnson's screenplay, Ray Lovejoy's editing or the performances. Not only are Alcott's shots memorable, but they also, along with the score, effectively establish the mood and atmosphere. Although the cross-dissolves can be a slight bit nauseating, for the most part, the editing is brilliant. The fact that this movie works as well as it does is a testament to the expert filmmaking on display.

Infamous loathed by Stephen King, Kubrick's 'The Shining' is an otherwise spectacular horror film. Boasting phenomenal performances from the cast, excellent use of music, superb editing and a spooky and tense atmosphere, this is a must-watch for both horror and film lovers.

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