The Shining (1980)
The season at Overlook Hotel runs from May 15th to October 30th. It’s very costly to operate Overlook Hotel during snowy-winter. There is probability of skiing at that place having such seclusion and scenic beauty but the road covered with high-feet snow makes it unfeasible to make up to the hotel. It’s enormous costly to clear the road. So the hotel is closed during winter after appointing one family/person to look after it until the following May. Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson), a writer and a former school teacher, takes responsibilities this time to look after the hotel.
He, with his wife and a son, travels to the hotel that has really a worst past record. One of the winter caretakers (named Charles Grady) ran amuck and killed all his family members and himself during the winter of 1970, due to mental breakdown caused by long solitude and isolation (the result of a kind of claustrophobic reaction), chopping with an ax and putting both barrels of his shotgun in his mouth. Some most of the people are really put off by the idea of working as a winter caretaker at such hotel. But Jack has assured the Hotel staff that this is not going to happen with him.
His son Danny (Danny Lloyd) has mental disorder if he doesn’t like some situations. He has created and preserved another fellow named Tony inside his mouth, who suggests and talks with him. Danny has a kind of shining ability. He can foresee future sometimes and can recall past sometimes. He recalls the bloodshed of 1970 and is quite disturbed mentally.
Mental breakdown starts to occur with Jack. He doesn’t like anybody disturbing him while he is writing/ typing stuffs. He too has the shining ability. He talks with the barman, demised caretaker Charles Grady at his own. Charles Grady even suggests him to correct his family members if they are not functioning as per his wills.
Wendy, once, checks the typed papers of Jack soon to find the only sentence “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy” typed all over in that great pile of papers. Jack starts growing violent so his wife Wendy (Shelley Duvall) locks him in the storeroom. He comes out of the room with the help of an ax and starts searching for his wife and son around the hotel premise. This family does not contact the hotel staff or answers the radio call during the long interval of time. So, Hallorann (Scatman Crothers), the chief serf, arrives at the hotel soon to have his chest chopped with the ax by amuck Jack. Wendy and Danny get out of the hotel by a Snowcat while Jack dies freezing in the snow.
Jack Torrance is a thrilling character all over the movie. He smiles and thrills you. He laughs and thrills you. He gets angry and thrills you. Jack Nicholson is worthiest watching in almost all the movies. This was the third time I watched him. I don’t remember him much in the movie Easy Rider. But the second movie I watched of him, “One flew over the cuckoo’s nest”, was simply great. I am a great fan of him since the very movie. He has done such a great work in the “The Shining”. He is such a worthiest bastard, ass**** and a Son of a B**** to watch over in this movie. Don’t miss it! I rate it 4/5. It loses one point for lacking strong reasons to the ways Jack Torrance’s character grows violent.