From Book To Screen: “The Shining”

Connor Adamson

Connor is an attorney residing in Corpus Christi, Texas. He has a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from West Virginia University and a JD from Villanova Law. He enjoys fancy foreign art films, Marvel films, and everything in between. Horror is his favorite genre though, if his Stephen King Book to Screen series is any indication.

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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.