Room 237 [Blu-ray]
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This film doesn't force you to agree with any of the theories presented here. It's a documentary that simply lets you know that these theories exist--nothing more. You will see that the documentary's main focus is really about how a film can consume a person. This documentary is really about the relationship between film and its viewer. The film "The Shining" is merely a vehicle to tell the bigger story here: a representation of the love of cinema and how people see different things in films. Films are up for interpretation just like poems or books. This documentary celebrates that.
I'm not here to review the legitimacy of the theories but rather the intent of the documentary. The theories presented here may not work but the documentary as a whole most definitely works. I never knew that there were people out there that had studied "The Shining" this intensely. I never noticed the clues and hints that were pointed out.Read more ›
"Room 237," therefore, is about this obsessive act of movie mania and not about the source film itself. "The Shining" just serves as the catalyst to examine this bizarre phenomenon. I didn't learn anything about the movie, but was instead pulled into the compulsive theorizing of the film's participants. There are some interesting individual points, to be sure, and amusing speculation, but I was more amused than enlightened. Was the film a commentary on the Holocaust or to the annihilation of the American Indian or Kubrick's confession to his role in the staged lunar landing?Read more ›
None of these things are upsetting. I thought they made for beautiful documentary.
Just have a open mind when watching...
I love Documentary styled movies and This is one of those ones that takes an idea and expands upon it from 3 or 4 different persons point-of-views. There are essentially 4 different people interviewed about how they interpret "hidden" meanings within Stanley Kubrick's "The Shining". I will not go into detail about who they are and will just briefly touch upon here what the put forward on the DVD. The 1st person interviewed leans toward the idea that there are a lot of hidden meanings within the film about the Genocide of the American Indian. The 2nd person is a women who puts forth the amount of references there are to mazes and the minotaur as a mythical being within the content of the film. The 3rd person puts forth the idea that he is touching upon WWII and the extermination of the Jews. Finally, the 4th person puts forth the notion that the film is about how Stanley Kubrick faked all the pictures and screen footage we ever saw about the Apollo Missions and the Moon Landings. He does state that he believes we have went to the Moon just that none of the footage we've ever seen is real footage from there.
I can say after watching NONE of there opinions swayed me to their ideas per say but it is interesting to watch. Go into it without biased and you will not be disappointed.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Some of the theories that are presented are interesting and some are absolutely laughable. I suggest if you watch this that you watch it with someone else so that you can discuss... Read morePublished 29 days ago by Barb
A number of reviewers insist that those of us who hate this "documentary" just don't get it -- that it's not about the shining, but how insane fans can get about a movie. Read morePublished 1 month ago by S. Godwin
This was just too out there and confusing for me and I absolutely love docs. It never grabbed me and seemed like you should be high to watch it. Even then.... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Emily
While I found some of the theorizing to be mildly absurd (to say the least), it was really interesting to see the thought processes behind their theories.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
As a big fan of Kubrick, I rented this via Amazon as soon as I learned about it. I was expecting a coherent analysis of symbolism, themes, double meanings, and such. Read morePublished 3 months ago by enslighet01