"𝑳𝒆𝒕 𝒎𝒆 𝒕𝒆𝒍𝒍 𝒚𝒐𝒖 𝒔𝒐𝒎𝒆𝒕𝒉𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒍𝒖𝒌𝒆, 𝒊𝒇 𝒚𝒐𝒖 𝒓𝒊𝒅𝒆 𝒍𝒊𝒌𝒆 𝒍𝒊𝒈𝒉𝒕𝒏𝒊𝒏𝒈, 𝒚𝒐𝒖'𝒓𝒆 𝒈𝒐𝒏𝒏𝒂 𝒄𝒓𝒂𝒔𝒉 𝒍𝒊𝒌𝒆 𝒕𝒉𝒖𝒏𝒅𝒆𝒓"
An extremely powerful and deep movie covering a range of issues.
Main point: life is hard, very hard.
My first Bergman, won't be my last.
After seeing this movie, I feel self-deprived at having avoided (procrastinator that I am) Bergman films this long. Although not perfect, this work succeeds on multiple levels; I found the actors and their characters engaging, the cinematography stunning, the plot, the imagery, and the messages therein worthy of deep consideration. In sum, Bergman gives us a grand treatment of medieval life and existential philosophy. In the hands of a lesser director, the imagery could easily have degenerated into something overplayed and hokey. Instead, we have a subtle movie for the ages.
Isn't it strange how people meet and how the course of their life can and will change yours. The acting throughout was fantastic. I hated some characters and felt for others. A lot to take in and might need a rewatch to catch everything but I never felt lost through the film. A good crime thriller that kept me entertained throughout.
To sum up, i would recommend it, i enjoyed it and it will no doubt linger in my mind for a few days to go.
The tension is everywhere
One of the creepiest parts about the movie is the feeling of isolation that Kubrick makes. The hotel is very silent, and the rooms are huge, yet always empty. It is also eerily calm when Jack's son is riding his bike through the barren hallways. Jack Nicholson's performance is also one of his very best, scaring the hell out of me and making me sure to get out once in awhile.