By n0nametaz 14 Comments
Hey Giant Bomb. I consider myself quite the movie buff, and when I heard Patrick mention the documentary "Room 237" in a recent Bombcast I was extremely interested. Stanly Kubrick is without a doubt one of the most (if not the most) incredible filmmakers of all time. As a Kubrick fan, I myself have had very deep analysis' of some of his films, particularly 2001: A Space Odyssey.
Now if you didn't catch the mention in the Bombcast, "Room 237" is a film about various interpretations of the film "The Shining". If you have not seen "The Shining"... What the hell are you doing with your life? No but seriously "Room 237" blew my mind. I had my own interpretations of the messages in the film but man... these people go crazy in depth with their analyses of the film. It's actually incredibly fascinating. Some people actually found all of the continuity issues with the film and contextualize them within their theories of the film. Others actually mapped out the hotel.
Now while yes, it's practically impossible to know Kubricks true intentions with the film, I think there is quite a lot of validity to some of these peoples analysis of the film. As I said Before, I have had my own interpretations of the film and "Room 237" solidifies a lot of my opinions. First and foremost there is absolutely a subtext of racism in the film. That is without a doubt. Also, Kubrick was a "Freudian" so there is a lot of subtext of family relation and the construct of human civility.
You know what... I'm going to stop there. Who cares what I say about a 33 year old movie? If you have any interest in films with so much complexity that it will blow your mind. Watch Kubrick, Lynch, Kurosawa, Nolan. (The list goes on and on)
The reason I wanted to write this is because... well, from the way I remember it... Patrick kind of undersold the documentary by saying something like "It's just as much about over analysis as it is critical analysis". While I do think some of the opinions of people in the film are a little outrageous (Kubrick filming the moon landing), I also think there is a lot of truth to their depictions of the film that really resonated with my own experience with the film "The Shining".