The Shining: All Work and No Play Makes Jack a Dull Boy

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I consider myself a huge horror movie fan. Since I watched The Terminator, I started looking for more horrifying, thrilling, and cruel movies ever since. Sometimes I find movies are very disappointing by showing only the cold-blooded scenes, but without a story line. Although I believe that a movie without a story does nothing but torture the audience, I find myself expecting to see cruel scenes when watching horror movies. The movie called The Shining is a 1980’s English film directed by Stanley Kubrick, based on Stephen King’s novel of the same name. It is a story of a man who becomes insane in an isolated hotel during a winter break. Compared to today’s typical Hollywood horror movies, it is somewhat too narrative, but it is still beloved by many movie fans and is regarded calling it as ‘a textbook of horror film.’ Despite the fact that it’s been over 30 years since it came out, there are many film techniques and elements that make The Shining a phenomenal movie even today. The Shining talks about isolation. Jack, who wants to focus on writing in a quiet place, was going to enjoy the peacefulness with his family while he manages a hotel. But the peace becomes isolation and loneliness and he starts to show his inner madness. The writing, ‘All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy’ is a message that the movie is about. Although it is verbalized by ‘work’ and ‘play,’ it can be translated into ‘peace’ and ‘isolation’ in the movie. Jack descried the management period as a ‘peaceful life’, but the hotel employees describe it as ‘extreme loneliness’. While in isolation, Jack starts to seek pleasure and desires that were taboo to him, which are drinking, women, and finally a murder. The Shining provides the extreme fear by these direct portrayals. The Shining also deals with ghosts. Danny, son of Jack, has the power of telepathy, called the ‘shining’. Danny finds

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