material girl wrote:
I heard of the film, of course, and always wanted to ask, "The Shining WHAT?, fer crissake"
The 'Shining' is the name given to the gift of being able to see into the future.Mr Holoran and Danny had the gift.
But was it really a gift? And if so, what good did it do either of them in the end? Scatman got imbedded with an axe and was never able to save Danny. He was saved by his own resourcefulness.
Frankly, I don't think ANYTHING supernatural was ever actually supposed to have occurred in that movie. It was all about the madness. Screw the book; the film was its own entity and was far superior to the mediocrity penned by King.
I think the shining was a gift in the end. Danny was able to contact Holoran for help, who was not completely useless in saving them. (He brought a Snow-Cat for their escape from the Hotel).
The shining (or Tony the alter ego) also alerted Danny to the fact that his father was intent on killing him. "REDRUM"
As for the film being totally psychological and not at all supernatural, I strongly disagree. Don't forget that it was the supposed ghost of the waiter Delbert Grady who unlocked the store room and set Jack free so that he could carry out his murderous plan.
For me it was quite interesting to see that the hotel was in itself evil, and was intent on self preservation by possessing it's inhabitants.
(The previous Caretaker killed his daughters for trying to burn the hotel down, and then killed his wife who tried to stop him).
The real question for me is, what is the link between the present day Jack and the past Jack shown in the old photo at the end of the film.
It's seems that they are the same person, because Jack already knows the ghostly bartender Lloyd....Anyone have any thoughts on this?
Is Jack himself a ghost with no recollection of his past (accept for Lloyd)?