From Book To Screen: “The Shining”

Connor Adamson

Connor is currently studying Law at Villanova University. When he isn't swamped by law readings, he watches plenty of films and sometimes writes about them. He hopes to be the most qualified evaluator of John Grisham based films at the end of law school.

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5 Responses

  1. David Conrad says:

    I think the scene with Wendy and the psychiatrist in the Kubrick version is handled brilliantly. Both actresses seem to nail it, and in a very naturalistic way – Wendy doesn’t realize how naive she sounds until after she’s said the unimpressive “five months” with that unconvincing positive tone, and the psychiatrist’s stonefaced reaction tells us exactly what we need to know about Jack – that he’s always been trouble and he’ll be trouble again before long. I know you and King would rather us believe that Jack is a good guy whose good intentions are undermined by this psychic thing going on, but I don’t like that interpretation nearly as much as Kubrick/Nicholson’s.

  2. Connor Adamson says:

    But him being just a bad guy is not compelling. There is nothing interesting about watching an already bad guy get even worse. I care nothing for him or the story taking place. Kubrick’s film is ultimately a bunch of flash with little substance. That’s not to say it has no substance, especially compared to a really empty film like Gravity for instance, but it mostly all feels shallow and pointless.

  3. Ryan Barrett Ryan Barrett says:

    The Shining (1980). This one should be unanimous.