Movie Review: Room 237
Mike Pierce wrote this review 4 years ago
I had the chance to see an early screening of Rodney Ascher’s documentary film ROOM 237…and I have one word…WOW. The movie makes ya think people. (lol)
ROOM 237 is about THE SHINNING…yes. Stephen King’s book. If you didn’t know – the movie was directed by Stanley Kubrick and what this documentary does is – it decodes the film. The director of the documentary interviews cultists and scholars and SUPER fans of THE SHINNING. See…what these people feel is that there are hidden messages from Stanley Kubrick in THE SHINING – SECRET hidden messages on everything from the genocide of Native Americans, the Holocaust, staging the moon landing, sexuality, and more. If you’re a fan of such films like A CLOCKWORK ORANGE, THE SHINNING, FULL METAL JACKET, 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY, EYES WIDESHUT, and even 1960’s SPARTACUS – you might wanna watch ROOM 237.
I thought ROOM 237 was NUTS…but nuts in a cool way. This documentary dissects THE SHINING like crazy…things I’ve never even thought or noticed in this movie was pointed out in ROOM 237. (lol) Tell you one thing – I’ll never watch THE SHINING the same ever again. (lol) There’s this one thing they show you in the documentary – that if you start THE SHINNING from the beginning - - and start the ending at the exact same time - - and play it backwards - - overlapping them - - - they play perfect with each other AND some of the images you see - - talk about crazy! Makes me wanna try and watch it that way. (lol) Now, I’m not going to lie to ya’ll – but some of the things these people were saying OR seeing - - was hard to swallow…like the Minotaur. I JUST COULDN’T SEE IT. (lol)
ROOM 237 is definitely worth the watch – especially for fans of THE SHINNING. ROOM 237 is playing in select theaters and is available to watch on Cable VOD, SundanceNOW and other digital outlets (iTunes, Amazon Streaming, PS3 Playstation Unlimited, XBOX Zune, Google PLAY and YouTube).
ROOM 237 is opening in Houston on Thursday, April 11 at the Museum of Fine Arts