'The Shining,' the dull

Today's TV

November 26, 1997|By Chris Kaltenbach

One of filmdom's most compelling failures gets an airing tonight on The Movie Channel.

Back in 1980, movie fans couldn't wait to see what director Stanley Kubrick would do with Stephen King's "The Shining" (9 p.m.-11: 25 p.m.), especially when the preview trailer showed an image that seemed to promise all sorts of macabre visions: a bleeding elevator.

What they got when the film was released were some beautiful set pieces and sensational images.

Unfortunately, there wasn't much of a story to surround all the wonderful pictures. While Jack Nicholson made a fine over-the-top wacko, Shelley Duvall shuffled through the film as though she were reading her dialogue off the director's forehead. And the little boy's imaginary friend was given a voice that'll make you glad there's a mute button on your remote.

The end result is a film that's easier to appreciate than enjoy.

Pub Date: 11/26/97

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