Stephen King's The Shining
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Stephen King's The Shining (DVD)
Jack Torrance and his family move into the sprawling, vacant Overlook Hotel to get away from it all. Away from the alcoholism that derails Jack's writing career. Away from the violent outbursts that mar Jack's past. But Jack's young son Danny knows better. He possesses a psychic gift called the shining. - a gift the hotel's vile spirits desperately want.]]>
Stephen King's The Shining is a new adaptation from the author himself, made for television, that bears very little resemblance to the 1980 Stanley Kubrick version. That's not surprising since Kubrick threw out most of King's novel and presented his own version of the story. Here King redresses the balance in a miniseries that follows his original almost to the letter, and manages to be effectively creepy despite the budget and censorship limitations of the TV format.
Stephen Weber takes over the role of Jack Torrance, the caretaker who slowly descends into madness in the haunted Overlook Hotel. His performance is as far from Jack Nicholson as you could get, with his insanity building slowly and menacingly rather than being virtually mad from the get-go. Rebecca De Mornay is superb as Wendy Torrance, struggling to hold her fragile family together amid the spooky goings-on. Young Courtland Mead plays Danny, whose unique gifts give the story its title, as one of those infuriating TV brats who overacts left, right, and center. Fortunately, there are enough creepy moments and a number of frights to hold the whole thing together, the woman-in-the-bathtub scene being a standout shocker. Sure, there is nothing quite like Nicholson's "Here's Johnny!" moment, but this is the story King wanted to tell and it still shines brighter than most of the other recent screen adaptations of his work. --Jonathan WeirSee all Editorial Reviews
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Its been well documented that the Kubrick Shining is nothing like the book. So really there needed to be a version that followed the book and Mr King has done that here. This follows the book pretty much to the letter.The character of Wendy in the book/mini-series is nothing like the Shelley Duvall scared rabbit of the Kubrick version. This one in the book/mini-series is smart and resourceful. I suppose Jack Nicholson going bonkers is the stuff of legend now, but in the book/mini-series his insanity comes on progressively. The only real problem with this version..and its a big one...is the "actor" playing Danny. The most important chatacter in the story is Danny. How this kid got this part is absolutely mind-boggling. First off, his mouth never fully closes as if he has some sort of defect that keeps his mouth constantly open. Perhaps its his beaver like teeth, i dont know. He speaks very poorly, like he's constantly gargling and cannot act at all. That bit of casting really brings the whole thing down. And every time the character of Tony appears one cannot help but laughing. For some reason he's a eyeglass wearing, sneakers wearing floating teen. But since this is the version that is most like the classic novel its a must see.
I enjoyed the original film much better. For one thing, it is shorter in duration, is action packed and doesn't take several hours to view. Weber, DeMornay and Van Peebles do great acting jobs in this one, but the actors in the original film with Nicholson is way better.
If you want to see for yourself, rent them both and compare. If you only have time to watch one version, go with the original film by Stanley Kubrick with Nicholson and Duvall.
Overall, this mini-series version is worth watching just once. Other than that, you may find it boring and over done, as I did.
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