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Room 237

Room 237 (2012 film).jpgMy fascination with Stanley Kubrick is beyond a passion.  It has been the driving force behind my love for  the cinema, art, and music, and has infiltrated my life to an astonishing degree.  It has opened my mind and eyes to worlds I’ve never seen, created in the mind and eyes of one of the most influential human beings to ever walk the face of the earth.

I’ve felt that my unbridled enthusiasm for his work could not be matched…until I heard the stories of the crazy people in Room 237…or are they?  Honestly…they are.  They have way to much time on their hands.

Room 237 is a film cut into 9 parts and interviews various Kubrickian conspiracy theorists as they explain their perceived true meaning of his films The Shining, and 2001: A Space Odyssey, among others.

The people involved in the film believe there are deeper connections in the film with regards to the Holocaust, slaughtering of Indian tribes, and the founding of Colorado, among other bizarre ideas.  They suggest his films were rife with subliminal advertising, messages, and imbeds.  “At the end of the opening credits of The Shining, Kubrick’s face can be found imbedded in the clouds.  It’s hard to find so I have to photoshop it in, but it’s there.”…um…what?  The entire film is just filled with these stupid meaningless ideas…over and over and over.  There to bore you to complete death.

Other people talk about how impossible the light could be in the office of the director in The Shining.  It couldn’t exist! Hey lady…if you watch all Kubrick films you’ll notice he blows out the windows with this insane light…I don’t see how this is mind-blowing.  It’s just a signature technique.

I can’t see how the film would be entertaining to anyone who isn’t obsessed with Kubrick’s work, or even to those people who are (myself included).  It’s not like we are listening to critics or filmmakers beliefs on his work.  Which to me would be far more beneficial then a bunch of crackpots talking nonsense.

It’s an absolutely terribly made film.  We’re subjected to constant interchanging clips of Kubrick’s films while we listen to these people make absolutely ridiculous assumptions about his films.   The only re-deeming quality is that the film points out very small set designs and quirks of Kubrick’s filmmaking.  It’s tedious to watch the film, and honestly…I’d rather just enjoy his films for what they are.

Grade: F