Stephen King's The Shining (MINI-SERIES) Reviews
Everything about this miniseries screams "made for TV". The acting is often wooden (particularly from the kid), the special effects are pretty good when it comes to the practical stuff but the computer effects are incredibly dated. They really look like graphics from an early 3D video game inserted into a movie and there are several shots that linger on them so you get to see everything about them that doesn't work. The makeup that's used for the ghosts isn't very convincing at all either. They're supposed to look like rotting corpses but there clearly wasn't the budget for those kinds of effects so they just look like people with a pale complexion and circles under their eyes. On top of that, the first couple of times you see them clearly is at a costume party, at first you'll wonder if it's just people with Halloween makeup or if you're supposed to be creeped out. There are a lot of ideas that work conceptually and on paper would seem great (Especially if you were reading it alone in your bedroom late at night) but seeing the words "RED RUM" written on a wall and then rearrange themselves for a big reveal just doesn't work. The whole thing just seems like a really weird choice for a miniseries, there are so many things that would play out well if they were expanded upon with internal dialogue or subtle performances but instead you get long scenes with characters spitting out exposition back and forth and it just gets dull.
The ending of the story really drags. When the terror plot concludes, there are two points where the movie could have clearly ended to a somewhat satisfying ending but it just keeps on going and because this has already been a long story, you start getting frustrated and just want it to wrap up. Worst of all, the series isn't very scary. If you're a huge fan of Stephen King you're going to watch this anyway so sure, it's worth checking out but there are much better ghost stories to see out there and with the running time it would take you to see all of this you would be able to see two or three of them by the time you'd be done with this one. (March 2013)