Friday, February 20, 2015
Film #87: The Shining (1980)
Plot - Mushy, all over the place, overtly post-modern. Sometimes it's cool, but it often stumbles into something lame right after.
Form - Occasional greatness.
F/X - Some cool stuff, blood, dead people, decaying.
Acting - Nicholson is okay, but Shelley Duvall is annoying.
Mise en scene - Maybe the film's strongest point. Everything is set up in a way to accentuate just how bleak this film is.
Quotables - If you like the obnoxious pop culture iconic kind.
Cool stuff - I finally realized why I don't like this film: it's a forced "statement", a pretentious slab of creativity that I'm supposed to acknowledge for it's artistry. I'd rather watch Jason take Manhattan.