A remake of the classic 1980 Stanley Kubrick film that is supposed to be more like Stephen King’s book. The original runs around two and a half-hours, this one was a six-hour miniseries, though without the commercials, it would be more around four and a half-hours. Now, more on a summary for this film. A family: Jack, Wendy, and Danny all move up to the Over Look Hotel for the winter because Jack has got the job of being the winter caretaker. Once they arrive strange things start to happen. Danny has marks on his neck and Wendy is sure that Jack did it to him since he is a recovering alcoholic and often abusive. Danny says that it was this woman that lives in room 217. Jack goes up there to see, and does see a woman in there but he denies it. Other strange things begin to happen up until the last hour and a half when Jack grabs a croquet mallet and goes on a rampage.
This one is a lot different then the original Shining. In the original we see Jack slipping into insanity, but in this one we hardly see that. What we see is more like Jack becoming possessed. In this version Wendy knows that the house is possessed, unlike the original where she just thinks it’s Jack. We also discover more about Danny’s invisible friend “Tony.” But you’d have to see the end of the film to realize that Tony is more then just an invisible friend. Then ending is totally different, Jack doesn’t use an axe and there is no maze. Instead we see him chasing them through the hotel. The ending to this film is more moving then it is bizarre like the original. If you like Stephen King’s miniseries then you will love this one. I rank it as one of my three favorite King miniseries along with The Stand and Storm of the Century. I give this an 8 out of 10.