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Most Helpful Favorable Review

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Stephen King's "The Shining"

This is the true King original. Unlike Kubrick's mess from the 80's which was dramatically OVER acted, took enormous liberties,featured Duval as a lame/sad wife with no gumption, and Nicholson and his over the top madness. This lengthier version, which is well acted, al...
This is the true King original. Unlike Kubrick's mess from the 80's which was dramatically OVER acted, took enormous liberties,featured Duval as a lame/sad wife with no gumption, and Nicholson and his over the top madness. This lengthier version, which is well acted, allows for great character development and follows King's storyline to a "T". For those fans of the book, THIS is the movie version for you! Forget Kubrick's version and buy this one - you will not be disappointed.

posted by lam712 on October 1, 2010

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1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Comparatively Awful

I understand that Stephen King fans would truly like to regard this film as 'The Real Shining'. And I get it when King himself, along with his minions, were thoroughly dissapointed by the liberties taken by Kubrick in his very loose adaptation of King's novel, but let's...
I understand that Stephen King fans would truly like to regard this film as 'The Real Shining'. And I get it when King himself, along with his minions, were thoroughly dissapointed by the liberties taken by Kubrick in his very loose adaptation of King's novel, but let's get real here! This made for tv mess is boring, unfrightening, and poorly acted. Weber is no Nicholson. Demornay is no Duval. And this not a good film by any stretch. Kubrick's visionary take on the goings-on at the Overlook Hotel far surpass this dreck and is truly a masterpiece, not just in the horror/thriller genre, but in the greater pantheon of film in genreal. There are no ambiguities here. The plot unravels smoothly and predictably. We are not challenged or scared with this adaptation whatsoever. I understand the production values pale in comparison to the Kubrick version, but there isn't one iota of creativity in the presentation of this tale. While Kubrick's was a tour de force of color, sights, and sounds, this was drab, univentive, and stagnant. Do not waste 4 1/2 hours of your time on King's crybaby ego-trip. Watch a true master of film strut his stuff in the 1980 version, faithful or not to King's original vision.

posted by Liberal_Shmuck on October 1, 2010

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    Comparatively Awful

    I understand that Stephen King fans would truly like to regard this film as 'The Real Shining'. And I get it when King himself, along with his minions, were thoroughly dissapointed by the liberties taken by Kubrick in his very loose adaptation of King's novel, but let's get real here! This made for tv mess is boring, unfrightening, and poorly acted. Weber is no Nicholson. Demornay is no Duval. And this not a good film by any stretch. Kubrick's visionary take on the goings-on at the Overlook Hotel far surpass this dreck and is truly a masterpiece, not just in the horror/thriller genre, but in the greater pantheon of film in genreal. There are no ambiguities here. The plot unravels smoothly and predictably. We are not challenged or scared with this adaptation whatsoever. I understand the production values pale in comparison to the Kubrick version, but there isn't one iota of creativity in the presentation of this tale. While Kubrick's was a tour de force of color, sights, and sounds, this was drab, univentive, and stagnant. Do not waste 4 1/2 hours of your time on King's crybaby ego-trip. Watch a true master of film strut his stuff in the 1980 version, faithful or not to King's original vision.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 16, 2013

    Unbearable. Excruciatingly dull, badly edited, amateurish dialog

    Unbearable. Excruciatingly dull, badly edited, amateurish dialogue. A product of King's arrogance, rather than his talent.

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