I read the book (read my review in here) early this year and have been wondering about the movie ever since. Well, I always want to watch every movie that was made based on the Great Stephen King’s books. When I was reading the book, I pretty much sure that I had watched the movie…But I was 100% wrong!!
I tried finding the DVD but couldn’t find it. I have to say that I’m glad I couldn’t find the DVD because I ended up downloading it…And why did I say I’m glad I didn’t buy the DVD? because…I will regret ever spending my money on it. THE MOVIE SUCKS!!!
This review is full of spoiler, so if you hate spoiler…feel free to walk away. If you like the movie…once again I’m going to say, feel free to leave this post un-read.
I download The Shining 2 months ago, but something always kept me from watching it. Last night, I finally decided to watch it. The cast were Jack Nicholson as Jack Torrance; Shelley Duvall as Wendy Torrance and Danny Lloyd as Danny Torrance. It was directed by Stanley Kubrick.
At the beginning, the story was the same as the book, I can understand the changes they made in some details…however, when the movie reached half of the story, they changed lots of things!! And it annoyed me, they erased the good stuffs!! The scary topiary were gone…it was supposed to be the scariest part of the story. The woman in room 237 was soooo NOT scary at all and they didn’t even show the most thrilling part in room 237, when she grabbed Danny. And to top it all, Dick Hallorann just died without a fight?? What the hell is that?? And let’s make the ending as cliché as most horror movies, let’s keep the hotel alive.
I got totally bored somewhere in the middle, especially when I found out that the topiary animals were gone from the scene.
So, the next question is…what makes me continue watching it? Jack Nicholson and Danny Lloyd!! Jack Nicholson was brilliant there…he was so perfect as Jack Torrance and little Danny was also incredible. These two actors able to stop me from stopping the movie and hit the delete button on my keyboard. As for Shelley Duvall, jezzz…can they pick a better actress? Her acting totally ruined the atmosphere…especially when she was trying to look scare.
Thumbs up for Jack Nicholson and Danny Lloyd and lot of thumbs down for the ones who wrote the screenplay and for Shelley Duvall. I give thumbs up to Stanley Kubrick for keeping the thrill going on (when I pretended that I haven’t read the book yet).
Overall, although I gave the book 5 stars, I gave the movie 1 Star, which means I don’t like it. Right after I wrote this, I deleted the file, I didn’t even want to burn it into DVD or save it in my hard disc.
I’m sharing this review for my 4th post on Read the Book Watch the Movie Challenge.