First I want to say I know that's the room number in the Kubrick film, not in the book, but that's kind of my point. My husband came back from the DVD rental shop all excited about this film. He thought he had something that would be fun and inteeresting for us and get him brownie poits knowing that I'm the constant reader in the family. Well, they say God loves a tryer so I couldn't be annoyed with him as he meant well. This was the biggest load of claptrap I've ever seen in my life. No exaggeration. It was nothing more than what the fimmaker decided he saw as Kubrick going on about how the film was really all about Nazis. For example, you can add and multiply the numbers 237 and come up with 42, the year of the holocaust. If you superimpose certain clips it gives Jack Nicholson a beard making him look satanic and a bit German. If you look at the scene in the kitchen in the beginning all the Calumet cans are turned so you can't see the entire siloette and that means bad medicine and that points to the destruction of America by white people. In the scene where Jack meets with the managing director for the job interview there is an impossible window. You are shown a map of thr hotel and then shown how that office has no windows. Signifying I forget what. I could go on, but I won't. you get the idea. Throw in a couple of continuity errors that I never noticed until they were pointed out to me and the constant chuckling by the filmmaker as he pointed these things out and we weren't sure if he was Beavis or Butthead. Please avoid at all costs!!!
I agree with you here. All the theories they put forward are waaaay out there. However, love him or hate him, Kubrick was very talented at the subtle and the hidden meanings, so some of these things may have been deliberate by him... some of them though are just wild theories by people who have seen the film A LOT of times!
I thought it was interesting...but pretty unbelievable. My husband, who loves the movie The Shining but who has never read the book, was more intrigued by Room 237.
Who knows what was in Kubrick's head? The Shining was a great movie in its own right, but it didn't do justice to the subtleties of King's amazing novel (the mini-series had some good moments but could have been better).