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Kubrick's Shining WORST novel adaptation ever!

Discussion in 'The Shining' started by Christine62, Jan 10, 2014.

  1. skimom2

    skimom2 Just moseyin' through...

    yep. Decent performances (though Nicholson did some scenery chewing). No heart to the film as there was to the novel, though. Like I said, as an adaptation it sucked. As a stand alone film, it was okay.
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  2. grin willard

    grin willard They call him the bandit.

    Not to be argumentative SM2, I'd have to say it didn't suck as an adaptation, because it was not an adaptation! Saying The Shining film was a bad adaption of the book is like saying David Beckham sucks at ping pong. For a director like Stanley Kubrick, doing an adaption would have been aiming low. A "Lifetime" movie is an adaption. Did you like the "guy from the TV series Wings" (a show I've never seen) version? I didn't see it. It looked pretty boring. Jack was Jack. Maybe at that period someone like James Caan would have chosen to do a more fleshed out character. Did you like/dislike the film ending compared to the book ending, or what?
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  3. grin willard

    grin willard They call him the bandit.

    Wow, that was rough! Whew. Please put this review on Amazon.com's Blu-ray edition of the film & see how many likes you get! Seriously, I'm curious. I mean wow, that review actually physically hurt me! I'm shaking! I can't even argue with it. It's like a burning building -- I can't get near it! Help somebody! Help me! Help me! Anyway this is an interesting take on the novel vs film. I don't agree with all of it, but it is interesting.

    ‘The Shining’ book and movie were terrifying in very different ways
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  4. grin willard

    grin willard They call him the bandit.

    "Hey! Funboys! Get a room!"

    Oh wait, they're already in a room. Sorry guys. Let's give them some privacy.

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  5. grin willard

    grin willard They call him the bandit.

    Without the animated dogman/tuxedo guy from 'The Shining' film gif, with them turning around & staring at us & Wendy, my pithy comment loses something. :( How about this instead?

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  6. Mel217

    Mel217 Well-Known Member

    No movie could top this book IMO, but I really do find both films to be good and I appreciate them both as an artists interpretation and nothing more.
    Having lived with an alcoholic, I found the family dynamics in Kubrick's version to be on a different timeline of the same problem as those in the mini series. In the mini series it reminded me of the beginning, or the end, of a relationship poisoned and unable to survive an alcoholic while Kubrick's version reminded me of the middle (Duvall didn't portray much hope in the sense of ever actually striking out on her own), or having just given up. Some (but not all, of course) spouses of alcoholics develop a very worn and tired appearance. I think Kubrick was looking for this, as well as her exhaustion on set to further portray the idea of a wife who's lived with this so long that she's been beat down by it.
    I personally think Danny Lloyd was about the cutest thing on the planet, and even if book/mini-series Danny was much more outgoing, talkative and willing to talk about his abilities, Kubrick's Danny struck a core with me as fitting into the typical alcoholic family; the role as the child, by being quiet, slightly secretive, and somewhat withdrawn. I fit that mold as a kid myself, and I thought his performance was pretty on par with his alleged life (even if he didn't realize at the time that his performance was on par!)
    Only my opinions, of course. Again, I prefer the book hands down, but I do appreciate both films as works of art.
    Cheers :)
  7. CYRUS

    CYRUS Well-Known Member

    Ive never liked Kubrick's take on the book. I found it to be tedious and un-suspensful.
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  8. CYRUS

    CYRUS Well-Known Member

    But I did like The Simpsons Treehouse of horror take on The Shining ! It makes me laugh every time I see it ! :D
  9. not_nadine

    not_nadine Comfortably Roont

    You've never seen our champ1966 post of 'The Chickening?' :)
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  10. presto123

    presto123 Member

    I saw Kubrick's Shining long before I read the book so the fact that it wasn't faithful didn't bother me. I find the film very artsy obviously and quite atmospheric. I don't like the fact that Kubrick took the supernatural/ghost element out of it in favor of a guy slowly unraveling. Still in my top 10 fav horror movies of all time.
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