Rodney Ascher's Room 237 is an experimental documentary that explores the numerous theories about the real meaning of Stanley Kubrick's version of The Shining.
"'Room 237' is a subjective documentary that explores the numerous theories about the hidden meanings within Stanley Kubrick's film The Shining. The film may be over 30 years old but it continues to inspire debate, speculation, and mystery. Five very different points of view are illuminated through voice over, film clips, animation and dramatic reenactments. Together they'll draw the audience into a new maze, one with endless detours and dead ends, many ways in, but no way out..."
Ryan Daley over at Bloody Disgusting reviewed the doc. Gave it a score of 8/10.
Many of the ideas presented are preposterous and absurd, but every interview subject has a point or two that’s surprisingly relevant. The film as a whole is insanely thought-provoking. And more importantly, whether it’s discussing subliminal Hitler mustaches or implied erections, Room 237 is consistently entertaining. But this is coming from someone who has seen The Shining more than 20 times. Will a casual fan be as entertained as I was? I’m not so sure.