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The Shining is one of my all-time Halloween season favorites or perfect for a day I just want to zone out ...
on October 20, 2016
Hard to poke holes in this Kubrick classic. I admit I didn't read King's novel, and if what I've read on the internet is true I have a feeling this film and the novel and different animals. Either way, The Shining is one of my all-time Halloween season favorites or perfect for a day I just want to zone out and be transported to a different world. The cinematography, soundtrack, landscape, sounds and overall atmosphere of the film to me are comforting somehow, despite the gory plot. ALso, I think Shelly Duvall's acting is perfect - she really sells her character well - and outdoes Nicholson in this one. Personally, I think Nicholson was not the best casting choice for this role because it's hard to imagine him being anything other than a crazy psychopath. Not to say that Nicholson's acting is bad, but I think he only starts to shine when he starts to go off the deep end, or at least when it becomes obvious that he has. My favorite scene in the film is when he first visits the Gold Room and meets Lloyd, the bartender. Love it!