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Spacedad
Sep 11, 2001

We go play orbital catch around the curvature of the earth, son.

Of all the things that get under my skin, the thing that does it the most for me in the Shining is that haunting soundtrack. I can't even add it to my movie soundtrack playlist because it makes me feel uncomfortable hearing it. The muffled dischord really does sound like someone uncomfortably close to you becoming unhinged, or evil spirits clawing at someone's brain trying to make them go mad.

By far my favorite part in the film is Danny running from his dad in the maze and then beating him with Grimm Fairy Tale hero cleverness. Both Danny and his mom for all their fear and vulnerability turn out to be resourceful and beat evil with cleverness and never giving up hope for survival. Hell, Danny's mom is thoroughly traumatized and abused throughout the film - yet she turns out to be strong enough to face everything from Jack to the lovecraftian horrors of the manor, and stay focused enough to escape. I guess you could say that that was the real 'shining' gift that Danny and his mom had. Which is why the evil in the overlook wanted to kill them so badly, using Jack as a pawn. In a weird way the film has a positive message about never giving up hope.

5/5

Spacedad fucked around with this message at 08:54 on Aug 22, 2011

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