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Desc:I can see why King felt Kubrick didn't do his vision justice
Category:Classic Movies, Horror
Tags:Stephen King, Stanley Kubrick, The Shining
Submitted:WHO WANTS DESSERT
Date:05/06/10
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Comment count is 21
APE_GOD
bwahahaha the theatrical makeup of the hotel staff!! The inexplicable blue lighting @ 8:14, the impotent hammer strikes against the walls,

This is like listening to 30 Seconds to Mars cover Bjork.

I hate it!
duck&cover
The Shining, Part 25. So it's literally the whole novel, filmed scene by scene.
NewHeavenSalesman
Oh yeah. They even brought back the POSSESSED HEDGE ANIMALS from the book with the best cgi that a late 90's/early 00's network miniseries budget could buy!

seriously, while I like Stephen King (or at least his short stories), he should never be let near a film adaptation of his work.

EskimoSpy
I actually thought Stephen King was right on with his criticism of Kubrick's version. Good cinematography, good surreal imagery, and a complete shit adaptation of the story.

StanleyPain
Except in the case of The Shining, Kubrick knew what he was doing. It might be a shit adaptation of the story, but that's only a viable, incisive criticism of the film if the story, uncut, was something really awesome. The trimmings and changes really make it better.

jangbones
Yes, and the story was so great it deserved a faithful adaptation.

Kubrick wins everything about this. Ever.

EskimoSpy
Meh, in my opinion they made it a tedious and incredibly obvious descent into madness by the character you knew was going to go crazy after watching him onscreen for three minutes. His changes made the plot boring but he saved his horrible adaptation of the story by being a really good filmmaker. Then again, isn't that the case with a lot of his movies?

NewHeavenSalesman
you know, I've heard that criticism before about casting Nicholson, and I still don't buy it. Ignoring the idea that making him already unstable goes against the book (because fuck the book and its bloated hedge monsters and ghost sacrifice or whatever), why would it be better if the audience didn't know he was going to be the crazy one?

Kubrick changed the plot from evil ghosts literally possessing a fairly regular guy to a vague force essentially warping an unstable guy into balls-out madness. How is that boring?

Cleaner82
Stephen King was right -- this, being shittier, is a better adaptation of a Stephen King story.

I like the man's books but honestly, fuck him if he wants to criticize Kubrick for twisting his crap into a great horror film.

EskimoSpy
To each their own I guess. I found it boring.

One thing though, the dad in the book wasn't a fairly regular guy, he was an abusive alcoholic who had been fired from his previous job specifically for being violent and unstable. That's why he went to be the caretaker in the first place.

cognitivedissonance
It's undoubtedly King's best, and most likely lasting, contribution to literature. King is basically the 20th century Charles Dickens. If you want to know what life was like in the 1880s, you read Dickens, and if you want to know what the man on the street in the 1980s was neurotic about, you read King.

For every Bleak House or every The Shining, however, there was four or five Ye Olde Curiosity Shoppes and Christines.

Lord Peter Wimsley
Kubrick - suspension of disbelief.
King - suspension of crack in tap water.

lustygoat
i had to go watch a bunch of scenes from the Kubrick version to wash this one out of my brain. This one can't even competently steal camera moves from Kubrick.
Chalkdust
4:08 - "Why did I say that? I feel like a jackass."
BiggerJ
Hmm. I wonder how good it would be compared to the movie if the whole miniseries was cut down to match the movie as closely as possible.
kwash
That's a fantastic idea.

memedumpster
Five stars in support of this idea.

Paracelsus
I don't know. This version comes off as some kind of bent temperance play. I didn't get that from the book, and didn't get that from Kubrick.


Hammer Falls
Webber was more menacing as the Russian mobster in his episode of the comedy show "Party Down" than this... thing.
Syd Midnight
P. U.
Nikon
This may be a better version of the King book, but Kubrick's work is the better movie.
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