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Mysterious and provocative, Room 237 is a fascinating journey into the world of obsessive cinephilles.
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A curious and entertaining documentary.
The human brain is a marvellously suggestible organ.
[A] strange, frustrating, occasionally fascinating doc ...
There's enough real evidence supporting the theory that Kubrick was a genius, and that's pretty entertaining all by itself.
It's about the human need for stuff to make sense - especially overpowering emotional experiences - and the tendency for some people to take that sense-making to extremes.
The results can range from enlightening - Kubrick did like to mess with things - to embarrassing. But it's never dull. "Room 237" shines.
Room 237 is a fascinating study of what fans of the film believe, and it's an entertaining look at that world-especially if you're not immersed it in it everyday.
Combining an intelligent and imaginative use of achieve footage, rambling voice-overs and animation, Room 237 is an intriguing labyrinth of abstract hypothesis interwoven with intermittent success.
Room 237 (the movie title referring to one of the rooms in The Shining's fictional Overlook Hotel) is a profoundly vibrant and unconventional documentary that is playfully mysterious, odd, and responsive.
From his artistic eye to layers of meaning, Kubrick was an auteur whose works have stood the test of time and will continue to challenge viewers for years to come.
It gives us a safe version of the paranoid search for meaning to which we're all susceptible.
The presentation is all fairly straight-faced and largely without comment, with only mischievous uses of accompanying footage serving as a deadpan riposte to some of the more obviously insane theories.
Several people with ideas and theories as to what Kubrick might have really meant when he made The Shining. Pretty good coffee table conversation, but the film, like the several theories presented, lacks cohesion. No one idea makes a lasting impact, a hodgepodge of snippets of thought, the central theme (if any) being that Kubrick was one bright s.o.b., so he had to've hidden secret meanings into his work. He must've. Right? Right? "Waiter, more coffee over here please."
This pathetic and very silly mishmash of theories may be amusing for a while, especially for the most passionate cinephiles and fans of Kubrick's film, but there is no denying that they are mostly laughable rubbish, sloppily put together and never coming to a whole.
"Some Movies Stay With You Forever... And Ever... And Ever"
From purely a subject matter point of view, Room 237 is heaven for me. I, like the interviewees, always find myself going back and looking at all the little details of The Shining. Every time I re-watch it, I end up surfing the Internet on different theories, so seeing that a documentary was actually made on this subject really sucked me in.
While I enjoyed Room 237 based on my personal love for The Shining and all of Stanley Kubrick's complicated works, it could have been better. I didn't really care for the style of it. We didn't get to see any of the interviewees, as their voices were just voiceovers of endless scenes of movies. A lot of the scenes were obviously from The Shining, but there were other Kubrick movies, as well as just other movies shown for the whole runtime. I didn't really care for that aspect of it at all.
Overall, this is an okay movie, but you have to be really interested in the movie to get anything out of it. A lot of the theories seem kind of crazy and a lot of the details they get into don't seem all that important, but as a starting point for making your own opinions about what all the below the surface details of the Shining mean, this is a cool little film.
Wonderful and dreadfully, dreadfully misunderstood. Funnily enough, that's what it sets out to solve.
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