“The Shining” was adapted from a Stephen King novel by none other than Stanley Kubrick, reputed to be a perfectionist, and a pain in the ass. King wasn’t happy with Kubrick’s take on the material, and it’s not hard to understand: the movie is very different from the book. There are far less elements, very different ending, even Danny’s power isn’t really the same. But then again, King’s gotta know that out of the dozens of films based on his work, very few are as great as “The Shining”. It’s a brilliantly crafted and acted film that can get so terrifying!
Kubrick has real skill at packing his films with amazing, memorable imagery. A river of blood coming out of an elevator. Twin girls standing in a hallway. The dolly shots of Danny riding his big-wheel throughout the hotel. The intricate labyrinth. The hotel covered with snow. And mostly, Jack Nicholson breaking the bathroom door with an axe and yelling “Heeeeere’s Johnny!”. Cause by the way, the character of Jack is played by Nicholson, in one of his most legendary performances. You really have to see him slowly but surely sinking into madness. And in the last act of the film, man is he insane; domestic violence never looked so horrific.