The Shining Throwback Movie Review

That Stephen King guy…. I tell you.

Now I’ve never seen this movie in my life. I actually went into this movie thinking it was a entirely different movie. But I digress, the plot for “The Shining

A novelist – Jack Torrance takes a job interview as winter caretaker of the isolated, Overlook Hotel. In the interview, Jack is told by the manager himself, that the previous caretaker – Charles Grady, chopped his family and later killed himself with a shotgun. Ignoring the story, Jack brings his wife – Wendy and his son Danny. Danny, sees disturbing visions of the hotel’s past using a telepathic gift known as “The Shining”.  Some of the visions come from Tony – “the little boy who lives in Danny’s mouth”. Danny meets Dick Hallorann  – the hotel cook on their first day arriving at the Overlook, who also has this “Shining” and he warns him about the hotel and the sinister Room 237.  Later as Jack Torrance, is underway in a writing project he slowly slips into insanity as a result of cabin fever and former guests of the hotel’s ghosts, turning more and more aggressive, at the point that Danny and Wendy gets convinced that Jack might try to do the same thing, Grady did.

Starring:

  • Jack Nicholson as Jack Torrance
  • Shelley Duvall as Wendy Torrance
  • Danny Lloyd as Danny Torrance
  • Scatman Crothers as Dick Hallorann
  • Barry Nelson as Stuart Ullman
  • Philip Stone as Delbert Grady
  • Joe Turkel as Lloyd the bartender
  • Anne Jackson as Doctor
  • Tony Burton as Larry Durkin
  • Barry Dennen as Bill Watson
  • Lisa and Louise Burns as the Grady girls

Now I wanna get to the acting before anything. Shelly Duvall RUINED THIS MOVIE IN EVERY POSSIBLE WAY. Her poor choices as an actor and the failure of the director, Stanley Kuberick A.K.A the man who “thinks too much and feels too little” to notice her poor performance. (The director gets a next rant all his own.) She goes around with her  half assed running for a lot of this movie, if not just the end. now she’s not entirely to blame, the writers are just as bad, for I read that the script was changed almost everyday of production for this movie. I also read she had many arguments with the director so maybe she acted so poorly knowing they couldn’t fire her which would result in a delay of the movie.

The director now. He should have stuck to the original source material and kept what happens to Jack more supernatural than from within Jack’s mind. It would have made the ending make more sense. Even though the audience is aware that something is wrong and Jack is seeing ghosts but, You REALLY have to guess that is what’s happening. The entire time I was so lost, and bored I felt like I was going insane myself.

The pace for this movie is so slow, its redundant. Though I’m told that is purposeful so that you “sympathize” with Jack. But I did that already when I seen who his wife was. Danny was ok… really can’t judge a child actor if they aren’t Dakota Fanning. Due to the pace you never really actually feel that he goes crazy. and the time jumping also ruins the movie and any message it was trying to convey

The quality of this Blu-Ray is amazing for a re-master is shocking. A lot of the re-masters aren’t always as great as could be, but this one was well done. Makes the opening ariel shots so breath taking.

Which brings me to camera work, which is probably the only saving grace of the movie outside of Jack Nicholson’s acting ability. The use of steady cam (This camera rig thats is set up on this vest , which is on a person, thats connected to this unipod like mount so that a cameraman can walk around and the camera doesn’t have the bob that is natural from people walking) is HEAVY in this movie. It makes everything so creepy. Like when Danny is on the plastic big wheel, it just feels so terrifying . I feel like they copied “The Omen”. 

The special features are only really cool if you’re a film buff, student, no deleted/alternate scenes.

Overall rating of the movie: 3 out of 5, cinematography: 3.9 out of 5, editing: 3 out of 5, Audio: 3 out of 5, Scare Factor: 1 out of 5. Rent-Own? RENT. But watch it with someone, helps to keep you awake.

Chronicle

Boys will be Boys

Boys will be Boys

Today’s review is “Chronicle. I didn’t have an opinion about this movie either way, I saw one trailer for it and was impressed. I didn’t see any other ad for this movie. I think that may have helped. I didn’t have a mind set entering this movie before hand. That’s the best way to watch movies, go in with a clean slate, and almost any movie will impress you. Go ahead, try it the next time you see a movie.

The plot is as follows: Three high school friends gain superpowers after making an incredible discovery. Soon, though, they find their lives spinning out of control and their bond tested as they embrace their darker sides.

The cast: Dane DeHaan as Andrew Detmer, Alex Russell as Matt Garetty, Michael B. Jordan as Steve Montgomery, & Michael Kelly as Richard Detmer (Andrew Detmer’s father)

*SPOILER ALERT*
So since I didn’t have a mind set about this movie, other than this director is being sought out as the new director for a possible new Fantastic Four movie, I was curious to see his style (which I have a little faith in his ability to do that project after seeing this film). Anyway, as I was saying, the plot felt bland. There wasn’t much really holding you to the characters, and the introduction of one female character was HORRIBLE (I’ll get to that in a moment).
Andrew Detmer is the typical out cast student who happens to buy a video camera to record everything that goes on around him. We then are introduced to his cousin: Matt Garetty, which was, again, a horrible introduction. The only good introduction was of Steve Montgomery. We first see him on a poster ad, running for class president, making him seem like the most popular kid in school. Funny contrast showing each level of popularity and how its mentioned later that none of them should really be friends. The girl’s introduction (who I honestly feel should have been left out entirely) was so weak. It was never made clear if she had a history with Matt or Andrew. Within the first 40 mins of the movie they get their powers. The testing of their limits is one of the few best parts. The highlight being when they try and learn to fly. If you were ever a kid & saw the FIRST EVER SUPERMAN MOVIE, you can understand what I’m saying when I say that looked really cool, maybe because it was shot PoV style. I don’t know, but it looked amazing. The CGI object movements were.. Ok. The next highlight came from Montgomery with “Say it with ya chest” that had me laughing (see Kevin Heart). Most of the remaining running time felt like a really long episode of Smallville. (For you Smallville fans, think Warrior Angel). The next & last highlight came from the entire conclusion of the film. Now I know many don’t like it but, it reminded me a lot of Star Wars Episode 3 (Revenge of the Sith) which was my favourite of the saga thanks a lot to how it ended. The conclusion is Matt vs. Andrew and just the (weak) acting skills of emotion mixed in with the action that was happening. The last scene seems to have been “open” to ignite a sequel if the movie does well. Though, everything is wrong with that scene. I am just saying, he didn’t appear cold!

People love to watch a “B rated” movie, & this is the best b rated movie that will be released this year! Mark my words.

My major complaint is that when it was PoV shots, particularly at the house party, the camera angles WERE WAY OFF! And at one point Andrew & Matt get to talking saying:

Andrew Detmer: “Apex predator..”.
Matt Garetty: “What?”
Andrew Detmer: “I’m an apex predator!”

Would have liked them to go into this topic a bit more. Lastly the excessive use of the handheld camera’s got annoying. At times it wasn’t needed. But I think that was the point of it being called “Chronicle”.

Overall rating of the movie: 3 out of 5, Cinematography: 2 outta 5, Editing: 3.5 out of 5, Audio: 4 out of 5, Acting: 2.6 out of 5

THAT’S IT! Cheers: “To Peace” and May the Force be with you!

Xavier