This is PBJ, and I have things to say about Room 237: Being an Inquiry into The Shining in 9 Parts
IMDB User Rating: 8.3/10
RottenTomatoes.com Rating: 100% Positive [but from only 4 reviews]
PBJ’s Rating: 6.5/10 ♥’s
Film studies kids and Stanley Kubrick fans will revel and laugh throughout Room 237! It’s all about subjective readings into cult classic The Shining, some of which are incredibly relevant while others are pure nonsense. The whole film can be summed up with a resounding “Hmm”.
Every discussion surrounds the happenings in the clip above. Connections are drawn between Kurbick’s other masterpieces, most notably A Clockwork Orange and 2001: A Space Odyssey. Polysemy at its finest, connections were made between the film and everything from the Holocaust to the Apollo 11 mission to genocide of Native Americans by colonizing Europeans. Most of these held some relevance, and then there are readings that link the carpet designs to a history of sexual intercourse.
Yeah, floor pattern = all the nookie ever. Sorry, I had to call bullspit somewhere! As did the audience in the sold out theatre. Lots of laughs at things like that, which made me question whether some of it was a parody. As the commentators went on, I realized how horrifically serious some of them were. But is that not the beauty of film analysis, and by extension literary analysis?
If you’re into the whole ‘read meaning into it’ thing, you will love this film. Unfortunately as far as the NZ Film Festival is concerned, the last showing is tomorrow. Watch for it to come back around in theaters in coming months!
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