Room 237 is filled with a whole lot of crazy talk, to put it simply. Conspiracy theories abound about Stanley Kubrick’s horror masterpiece The Shining, including the idea that it’s his way of apologizing for faking the moon landing footage. People pull ideas out of their asses and connect them on screen with seemingly no true lines being drawn to sketch it out. The film’s intention is fairly simple: to demonstrate pervasively that conspiracy theories can lead someone to overanalyze, to obsess, and to ultimately go crazy about something that most likely doesn’t warrant it. And The Shining has always confused many people, and their attempt to find meaning may be pointless. That makes for a repetitive, numbing experience, but it’s never boring and always insightful. Plus, I want to watch The Shining again.
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