Tuesday, 24 January 2017

The Stephen King Adaptation Project -‘The Shining’ (1997) commentary

We’re finally kicking off The Stephen King Adaptation Project in earnest, as we look back at the first part of the 1997 TV miniseries based on ‘The Shining’. It’s no secret that King felt that Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 film was severely lacking as a translation of his book and, in the late nineties, set out to Correct this. Harshly.

Stepping into the shoes of Kubrick’s film is an intimidating proposition, as rightly or wrongly, the 1980 film is a hugely visually iconic part of cinema history, making one wonder how any further re-adaptation could do anything but pale in comparison. However, we’ve found that though the miniseries may be comparatively lacking from a style perspective, in terms of characterisation, performances and channeling the spirit of the novel, the first part of the ’97 miniseries has a lot to offer.

Let’s get to it, shall we?

'The Shining' (1997) commentary

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The Shining Sequel