Room 237 director Rodney Ascher bears only partial blame for this bologna.
The movie is competently made, with sharp editing, graphics and a decent sense
It’s the subject matter that’s horrendous: Hidden meanings in
Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining and the crackpots who posit them.
Here’s a sampling of the nonsense: The Shining is a metaphor
for the genocide of Native Americans by whites; it’s proof Kubrick faked the
first moon landing for NASA; the guy who’s an expert in Nazi Germany thinks
it’s all about the Holocaust (duh); Jack Nicholson’s character is a MINOTAUR.
There are dozens of reviews praising Room 237 for exploring
the ways art is interpreted, and that’s fair. But this is the cinematic
equivalent of being stuck on the subway listening to an insane person
There’s an episode of The
Twilight Zone in which a man can imagine anything into reality if he thinks
about it long enough. Somewhere, the ghost of Rod Serling is smiling. I, on the
other hand, am not amused. There ain’t nothin’ in Room 237, so stay out.
Directed by Rodney Ascher
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