The Shining (1980)

Originally May 23rd 1980

Plot Synopsis

Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson) is offered a job as the winter caretaker of the Overlook Hotel, a massive building that just so happens to be built on top of a Native American burial site. He and his wife Wendy (Shelley Duval) and their son Danny (Danny Lloyd) are the only people on the grounds and things start to go awry. Danny throughout the film is having visions that are hinting at dark events that are on the horizon for the family. We as the audience watch as Jack’s mind deteriorates.

My thoughts

I purposely left the plot synopsis vague because I think to truly enjoy The Shining, you have to go into it with as little information as possible. Even to date, it’s one of my favorite movies. Duval, who plays Wendy, did such a great job portraying her as this awkward, meek character that worked really well opposite such a loud, aggressive character such as Jack Torrance.

Recently, I’ve been really into movies that are not exactly as they seem. This is exactly that. Even when it ends, you are left thinking about it. I have theories, and maybe in another post I will talk about them more. They involve reincarnation, hauntings, demons, etc. I’ve seen this movie about five times now, two of which in the last year so. I have lots of thoughts.

I’ve been meaning to watch the sequel, Doctor Sleep, but I haven’t yet. There’s so many movies out currently that I’m almost overwhelmed. I’m sure many can relate.

Have you guys seen The Shining? What did you think of it? Some extra questions from the normal round up. When did you first watch it, and have you watched it more than once?