As a fan of Stephen King novels and at least an appreciator of Stanley Kubrick films, I've always been disappointed by my reaction to The Shining. On previous viewings, I've found it boring and overlong. Not overlong in the way that Full Metal Jacket or 2001 take a scene and stretch it forever and make you feel all the feels and think all the thinkings but in overlong in the why is Jack Nicholson still
making faces at me and Shelley Duvall kind of sucks too kind of way.
Obviously, I'm entitled to my opinion, but I think that it comes from a place of ignorance. There has got to be something that I'm missing about the movie and I'd like to figure out what it is and appreciate it properly. Maybe I'll still hate it, but at least I will have tried.
I have heard nothing but good things about Room 237
, and it's on Netflix, and it's Christmas vacation so I'd like to give it a viewing. However, it's probably been a decade since the last time I watched The Shining all of the way through. I know the plot (such that it is, AMIRITE?) well enough, and I think I remember the main scare points (Here's Johnny, blood flood, creepy girls, etc.).
The question: How familiar do you have to be with The Shining to appreciate Room 237? I feel like I'd appreciate The Shining more after seeing the documentary, but don't want to waste viewing time on a documentary that will go over my head.