“”Room 237” is (possibly) a weird, oddly effecting journey into the mind of a filmmaker considered by many to be a genius.”
Rodney Ascher’s “Room 237” is fascinating because it manages to take a subject that’s remarkably niche – the messages and potential motivations interwoven into the making of Stanley Kubrick’s “The Shining” – and manages to turn them to something that’s equal parts fascinating and creepy, when it’s not being strange, that is.
I enjoyed Stanley Kubrick’s “The Shining,” though I took it simply as an auteur’s interpretation of a Stephen King novel, though to some people it’s something much deeper and significantly more profound.
So instance, there are some that believe that in the film Kubrick reveals himself as the auteur who “staged” the Apollo moon landing of 1969. Others theorized that “The Shining” was his way of dealing with the Holocaust. And if those theories weren’t wild enough, there are some who believe that the film is a treatise on the conquering – and virtual genocide – of Native peoples not only in this country, but all over the world.
The film is oddly effecting, and creepy at times, which is interesting when you consider that while it’s about a famous horror film, it itself, isn’t.
What’s most fascinating is that, for the people that are interpreting the film, no detail is too small and I mean that literally because everything from carpets to the placement of windows in The Overlook Hotel come under scrutiny.
Despite Kubrick’s IQ (which was supposedly somewhere in the ballpark of 200, though he claimed that it was below average) I am not sure that I believe that he could have filled his films with so many hidden details and intentions.
Then again, everything that appears on the screen is generally there because someone intended it to be, though that’s not to say that all – or any –of the speculation that appears in “Room 237” is true.
Though it is remarkably interesting.