The Shining

The Shining ★★½

It just goes to show you that it’s always more important for adaptations to correctly grasp the spirit of a work than to get every little detail of the story right. There are just things that can be described in a way that is frightening that absolutely do not work once acted out on screen. The dialogue in this series is always blunt and corny, and the horror material has been worked in so literally that there’s no real atmosphere. The big climax of Jack terrorizing his family lasts almost an hour, and you can only watch a guy drunkenly stumbling down hallways with a croquet mallet shouting COME AND TAKE YOUR MEDICINE for so long before any tension is diminished.

I did like Steven Weber’s performance though. His descent into madness is gradual and believable, and the only thing this gets really right.

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