Wednesday, April 24 2013, 02:20 AM MDT
Movie Review: Room 237
4 out of 5 Stars
Director • Rodney Ascher
Rated • NR
Recommended to • People who enjoy outrageous conspiracy theories and those looking for hidden meaning in absolutely every shot Stanley Kubrick included in his version of “The Shinning.”
“Room 237” is a documentary about various theories regarding the hidden meaning within Stanley Kubrick’s “The Shinning.” None of which have anything to do with Stephen King’s novel. These theories contend that “The Shinning” is about the massacre of the American Indians or Nazi Germany or Kubrick’s confession to his wife that he had helped fake the moon landings. The evidence for these theories and more are presented exhaustively.
I love “Room 237.” Not because I agree with any of the purposed theories, but because I don’t agree with any of the purposed theories. Kubrick was one of the finest directors this world will ever know. “The Shinning” may not simply be a horror film. Kubrick may have hijacked King’s novel and adapted it to his own purpose. I’m just not convinced that Kubrick was controlling every frame down to the tinniest detail. Then again, maybe he was.
-Ryan Michael Painter