the shining movie review - Aussieboyreviews


This suspenseful horror classic based on Stephen King’s novel and directed by Stanley Kubrick is dreadfully dark and staggering. Teens and adults will love The Shining, the greatest film of all time without a single flaw.


After receiving the job as the caretaker of a hotel with a violent background that’s shut down during the winter, Jack and his family move into isolation for five months. Living in isolation, Jack slowly loses his sanity as the hotel’s sinister presence begins to haunt the family.

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Movie details

Director: Stanley Kubrick
Cast: Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Danny Lloyd, Scatman Crothers, Barry Nelson
Writer: Diane Johnson, Stanley Kubrick
Release Date (Australia): 13 November 1980
Runtime: 146 minutes/2h 26m
Genre: Horror, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, UK
Language: English


Themes (MA15+)

The film contains themes including insanity during isolation, murder and references to suicide and child abuse.

Violence (MA15+)

A man attacks another man with an axe, accompanied by bloody detail.

Coarse Language (M)

The film contains several uses of the word “f**k”, in addition to use of the words “goddamn”, “n****r” and “son of a bitch”.

Nudity (M)

The film includes a lengthy scene of full frontal female nudity.

Sex (M)

The film includes a brief scene depicting a man implicitly performing oral sex on another man.

mpaa rating

R (for disturbing violent content and behavior, bloody images, graphic nudity, and strong language)

Aussie boy's thoughts

The adaptation of Stephen King’s The Shining is utterly perfect and absolutely masterful when the dreadfully suspenseful music, Nicholson’s insane performance and Kubrick’s flawless camerawork collaborate together. Although it’s old as the 80s, prolonged, slow-burning and only occasionally terrifying, The Shining is an immensely entertaining hidden gem of a masterpiece, without any flaws.

The movie opens up on an extraordinarily effective long shot, accompanied by very eerie and ominous music. These styles are used throughout the entire film. There are either long shots that follow movement, shots that zoom in quickly and others that simply and steadily focus on characters’ faces and emotions. During some of these memorable techniques of camerawork, there’s music that’s high pitched and unsettling or stable and psychological.

But Stephen King’s adaptation executed perfectly by Stanley Kubrick is focused on the plot of the novel, following a Jack Torrance’s descent into madness. The music and long shots capture the psychological effect, but Jack Nicholson delivers an absolutely crazy character! And with all the visions experienced by the characters, it’s more than enough to have you scanning your eyes around your ominous watching space.

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