[BD Review]: ‘Room 237′ A Gift For ‘Shining’ Obsessives!

Room 237

Now in limited theaters and Ultra VOD is Rodney Ascher’s Room 237, an experimental documentary that explores the numerous theories about the real meaning of Stanley Kubrick’s film The Shining. The film may be over 30 years old but it continues to inspire debate, speculation, and mystery. Five very different points of view are illuminated through voice over, film clips, animation and dramatic reenactments. Together they’ll draw the audience into a new maze, one with endless detours and dead ends, many ways in, but no way out…

Ryan Daley wrote his review out of Sundance, “Many of the ideas presented are preposterous and absurd, but every interview subject has a point or two that’s surprisingly relevant. The film as a whole is insanely thought-provoking. And more importantly, whether it’s discussing subliminal Hitler mustaches or implied erections, Room 237 is consistently entertaining. But this is coming from someone who has seen ‘The Shining’ more than 20 times.

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  • DisturbedPixie

    To me this is like watching a movie made by those crazy people on internet forums who say, “How can you be so blind? this is all about ________!” Obviously there was a message about Native Americans in the film, because they outright state that it was built on an ancient Indian Burial Ground, and there is Native American art everywhere in the hotel, but beyond that there is very little to go on besides continuity errors for most of the other theories. The worse part of the whole documentary was when they decided to play the film backwards and forwards at the same time, and were amazed that the ending and the beginning will appear the same way… well that’s because you play both the ending and the beginning at the same time, and it eventually gets to the beginning and the ending by the end of this little experiment. What else would happen? They use this little experiment to justify why characters are really upset or all bloody or whatever. Another commentator gives her kid credit for explaining a moment in the movie, a movie he never even watched and wasn’t even commenting on. There were a couple interesting things like the significance of showing a Red VW Beetle being smashed up and the the apparent lie used to change the Room 217 to 237, but once again, beyond that it’s mostly just ramblings by people who have no connection to the film saying a chair missing in a shot is note worthy.

    • dr.lamb

      Haven’t seen the movie yet, but I read a lot of interviews with the makers where they spread out their theories. I can only agree with you. The allusion to native Americans make .ey sense, but are no kind of big mystery.
      Worst are the number riddles they thought to see. I mean, number riddles ! Those are the laziest and most far-fetched device of conspiracy- lunatics.

  • WalkingDeadGuy

    Definitely going to check this out, I’ve seen ‘The Shining’ more times than I can count; every time I watch it I find something else that I love about it. Possibly VOD tonight :-)

  • Mr.Mirage

    Anything that brings Kubrick back to the social forebrain is cool by me. More Stan! More Stan!!