“My girlfriend has a test she applies to new movies: will watching this be something she’ll enjoy more than watching The Shining again?
“Often the answer is no, so over the last few years I’ve seen The Shining at least…let’s say several times. Amazingly, it never gets old.
“To say that Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 adaptation of Stephen King’s 1977 novel is a great movie is not a controversial view.
“Nor is it controversial to say that The Shining is endlessly watchable. There’s an entire documentary (Room 237, it’s on Netflix) devoted to elaborate theories people have developed about hidden meanings in the film.
“The theories are largely ridiculous, but it’s not a coincidence that people inclined to search for hidden meanings in popular films have latched onto The Shining. It’s thick with detail, and rich with ambiguity.”
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