Room 237

To most people, The Shining is a movie. To these people, it’s life. An intricate analysis of all the hidden subtexts, Easter Eggs, & striking multi-interpretability of Kubrick’s Da Vincian masterpiece, Room 237 is a magic accompanying piece. 8/10.

Plot Synopsis: Filmmaker Rodney Asch analyzes Stanley Kubrick’s film adaptation of Stephen King’s classic horror novel, “The Shining.”

*Possible spoilers ahead*


To Most People, The Shining Is A Movie. To These People, It’s Life.

The Greatest Horror Movie Ever Made. Stanley Kubrick shocked the world when he released the Colorado mountain-set ice-cold masterpiece The Shining. Launching an avalanche of psychological horror films in imitation-attempt to his coup-de-maìtre, the legacy was set in stone. But to some people, The Shining was more than a movie – little details struck them throughout that didn’t seem to add up or showed a greater level of depth and artistry than they were plausibly used to. Room 237 immaculately tells their tales while also serving as a magic accompanying piece to Kubrick’s original films only dazzling us with even more proof the 200-IQ genius is the greatest filmmaker of All-Time by how much symbolic complexity and multi-interpretability are laced throughout his films.

Native American Genocide, The Holocaust, Spousal/Child Abuse, The Gold Rush, Greek Mythology? An Intricate Analysis Of Subtexts

From the revelation of Calumet cans with Native American pictographs juxtaposing their design motifs and the fact the Overlook was built on an ancient Indian burial ground with a blood elevator and the final ghost-picture displays almost all white people, is the film really emblematic of the American genocide of Native Americans and a revenge thriller back? Is it really about the Holocaust by the consistent appearance of the number 42 and Adler german outmoded typewriter that changes color with the film’s progressively-darkening events? The Gold Rush by its Colorado mountainous setting and the Gold Room? Greek Mythology by its Minotaur ski poster, Indian head-dress portrait placing, and famous Labyrinth? Spousal and Child Abuse by its patriarch’s angry flippancy and carefully-placed lines and magazine Easter Eggs? Admittance of guilt and complacency in an elaborate Apollo scheme to trick the public? Fairy Tale analysis through a Freudian lens? Haunted House by its story? A combination?

One Of The Top Movies About Movies, & Genius-Homage To The Ultimate Filmmaker

What we have here is one of the top movies about movies ever made – a magnificent documentary exploring the complexity and genius of a master-auteur that he was known and admitted to placing careful hints and details he wanted only few to notice and it change their perception of his art. Flaws include that some of the stories come across a bit hokey at times, not in their content but in their problematic delivery by narrators rambling they’re surely right like in the Apollo schtick (there’s some reasonable doubt created by the filmic evidence, but nothing short of a confession penned by Stanley is actually proof. A little humility and hedge-betting would come in handy when presenting possible interpretations, not fact.) and the recording at times feeling unprofessional like with the child’s crying in the background (couldn’t have re-recorded in a quiet room?) – but most of the theories in the 9 parts are strikingly-tangible and completely change the meaning and experience of one of the greatest movies ever made. To most people, The Shining is a movie. To these people, it’s life. An intricate analysis of all the hidden subtexts, Easter Eggs, & striking multi-interpretability of Kubrick’s masterpiece, Room 237 is a magic accompanying piece all Kubrick & psychological horror fans need to see.

Official CLC Score: 8/10