I really enjoyed this. It's an entertaining beautifully edited little essay on the merits and shortcomings of obsessive over-analysis. The stuff about the geography of the Overlook is really cool, though I think Ascher wasted too much time on the Moon-landing stuff (which really could have been left out to be honest), and the "playing it backwards and forwards at the same time" thing, which is really dumb considering the whole movie is done in centre-of-frame compositions which (spoiler alert) sometimes line up.
It's funny how the Dardennes are seen as brutal, stark realists making typical boring European arthouse films, while I'm finding one of their strongest qualities is their well-constructed, compelling, novelistic plots. Goes to show that just because you use hand-held cameras and non-professional actors doesn't mean you have to take realism as a suicide pact. (Though their treatment of African immigrants is a little patronising, which is probably a symptom of being white and liberal.)
Begins really well, and then slowly disintegrates as it goes along until by the final act it's become almost excruciatingly boring. It's far too long, the plot, which was pretty stupid to begin with, disappears halfway through and is replaced with endless scenes of people lying around doing nothing, Bowie doesn't so much act as pose for a series of photoshoots, the effects are abysmal, especially considering this is post-2001. The man who fell appears to be Roeg himself, and it appears to happen over the course of this movie.
Lawrence attempts to adapt a literary novel and fails, as all filmmakers are inevitably doomed to do, but in so doing creates a fascinating, beautiful, ridiculous mess of a movie. There's too much shoved in here (too many tones, ideas, plots) so that by the halfway point it felt like I'd eaten too much and it started to drag. Regardless, the first half is a pretty thrilling cinematic freak show so it's definitely worth experiencing. Too bad the R4 DVD has the picture quality of a VHS tape of a TV broadcast. Desperately needs a Blu-ray re-master.