Sunday, March 31, 2013

Room 237 (2012)

Director: Rodney Ascher. 102 min. Not Rated. Documentary.

I was looking forward to watching this documentary about fan conspiracy theories on clues hidden in Kubrick's horror masterpiece, The Shining, and its 95% on the Tomatometer very much whetted my appetite. But how wrong I was. The material provided here can only be the concoction of insane minds. It's true that some pieces of art have a life of their own after their creator's death, but what is deduced here from elements of the original movie can only be described as sheer madness. Stay away, with a ten-foot pole.

Mo says:


  1. I think it is worth watching because of the same reasons you mention: to see how insanely far diehard fans can go. The fact that so many different conspiracies are seen to be hidden in the movie - Native Americans, the Holocaust, the moon landing, and Kubrick's "F you" to Stephen King, to name a few - just goes to show that they can't all be true, and by extension, are all equally baseless.

  2. Completely agree. Check out the late Ebert's website; one of his "far-flung correspondents" posted a review just a few days ago. It points out all the gripes we had about the movie when watching it together.