Room 237 [Blu-ray] [Import]
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This film doesn't force you to agree with any of the theories presented here. It's a documentary that simply lets you know that these theories exist--nothing more. You will see that the documentary's main focus is really about how a film can consume a person. This documentary is really about the relationship between film and its viewer. The film "The Shining" is merely a vehicle to tell the bigger story here: a representation of the love of cinema and how people see different things in films. Films are up for interpretation just like poems or books. This documentary celebrates that.
I'm not here to review the legitimacy of the theories but rather the intent of the documentary. The theories presented here may not work but the documentary as a whole most definitely works. I never knew that there were people out there that had studied "The Shining" this intensely. I never noticed the clues and hints that were pointed out. This documentary celebrates Kubrick, it celebrates "The Shining" and it mainly celebrates us, the fans of that great film. If you want to know what a twisted movie like "The Shining" can do to its viewers--besides scare the hell out of them---this documentary let's you know how such a film can hold on to people long after they've seen it.
"Room 237," therefore, is about this obsessive act of movie mania and not about the source film itself. "The Shining" just serves as the catalyst to examine this bizarre phenomenon. I didn't learn anything about the movie, but was instead pulled into the compulsive theorizing of the film's participants. There are some interesting individual points, to be sure, and amusing speculation, but I was more amused than enlightened. Was the film a commentary on the Holocaust or to the annihilation of the American Indian or Kubrick's confession to his role in the staged lunar landing? These are just three of the ideas presented within the film, just so you have an idea of the film's content. The movie will not sway you to taking any of these propositions to heart, but it is fun seeing how these conclusions came into fruition for the respective spectators. To their minds, there is no question about Kubrick's intention and this single-minded focus and left field read are fascinating to me as a film lover. I will confess, though, I did laugh at the theories with great frequency.
The movie is constructed with film clips from "The Shining," Kubrick's other films, and plenty of randomly selected moments from a variety of movies. We never see those that are postulating the bold new theories. Although I didn't believe anything at face value, I did appreciate the inconsistencies that were pointed out within the film. And some of these were probably intentional. Favorite clues: Danny on the hotel carpet playing with his trucks, his position changes as danger approaches. I also liked the mapping of the hotel as Danny drove his Big Wheel around. Biggest stretch: A ski poster is connected to a Minotaur? "Room 237" is an alternate look at obsessive fandom and, in that way, it succeeds greatly. No one is asking you to believe the far-fetched ideas, but to embrace the impact that films can have on their subjects. I really liked this movie and was amused by it, but it might not be for everyone. KGHarris, 9/13.
None of these things are upsetting. I thought they made for beautiful documentary.
For example, one theory is that Stanley Kubrick did not make this movie as an adaptation of a Stephen King novel, he made it to let everyone know his part in the faked moon landing footage. Oh boy. One of the pieces of evidence provided is a door hanger that says "ROOM No 237". Please don't fool yourself into thinking that this means the hanger identifies Room Number 237. Oh no. Can't you see it? You can rearrange the capital letters to spell "MOON!" (they don't explain what the leftover R indicates. My theory is that if you add the "R" in the middle, you get "MORON" which is what you have to be if you buy into that nonsense)
I believe that the same conspiracy theorist describes how a shot of clouds has Stanley Kubrick's face superimposed in them. The film freezes this frame and there is no Stanley Kubrick superimposition there.
They hit a lot of the inane things people use to back up their bogus theories. Numerology, come on down! There's a woman who sees a poster of a skier who decides it looks like a minotaur and we go on a five minute ride to crazy town (spoiler alert: the hedge maze is a labyrinth). The contents of a kitchen pantry are important in not one but two different nutball theories.
All that said, the film is well done from a technical perspective and there are some nice moments. One commentator breaks down Danny's three big wheel rides and the movie provides a real time map to show how the pattern that the big wheel takes could represent levels or reality and character perspective. The section where the movie is superimposed forwards and backwards at the same time provided some neat and beautiful imagery. Totally accidental and meaningless but cool to look at. I would have also liked to hear a sensible theory as to things like the carpet pattern switching when the ball rolls to Danny or why the other guy in the job interviews pants change. (hint: I doubt it involved faking a moon landing or Native American genocide).
This movie is basically the finest YouTube conspiracy video ever made. Not high praise, by the way. I would have really enjoyed some well thought out theories about the hidden meaning behind some of the classic imagery in the Shining. Seems like you could pass on this until it is an option to stream for free on Amazon Prime Instant Video or that other one that rhymes with GetFlix.
If you like this kind of film, I recommend The Pervert's Guide To Cinema It is also next level crazy but the guy never brings up the Moon Landing or makes you start rearranging letters or adding up numbers and telling you what that means. I can't recall if it has minotaurs or skiing. It does get pretty sexually graphic but the first half hour or so almost broke my brain it had so many ideas. It looks like it's out of print but maybe you will get lucky and track down a copy for less than $60.