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Old February 17 2011, 05:14 AM   #183
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Re: Movies Seen in 2011

29. The Shining (C+)

I'm convinced that this film is rated so highly based on the fact that Stanley Kubrick directed it and Jack Nicholson starred in it. Don't get me wrong, the film is filled with striking compositions, many of which that have obviously entered the consciousness of the public and other filmmakers. Kubrick uses the new steadicam to great effect. But the film itself is often too self-important to be that scary. In fact, I'd say most of the introductory 90 minutes does more to build tedium than tension (and, at 90 minutes, it's just too long).

On the subject of Jack Nicholson, Steven King has long-complained that his casting made it obvious that the character would go insane by the end of the film, but I'm not so sure. It's Nicholson's performance that does it--he's practically gone around the bend in his first scene, judging from the look on his face.
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