One can not deny that The Shining is one of the greatest thrillers of all time. Although not exclusively, the film touches on the theme of obsession. And boy, does it provide some things for the audience to obsess over! But for now, let’s just choose to obsess over one thing – the number 42. From Danny’s shirt to the movie he is watching on a TV that isn’t plugged in (?), the number 42 is ominously in the background. Oh, and in case you were wondering, the movie showing on the not-plugged-in TV, is Summer of ’42.
Whilst the relic of 42 continues throughout the whole movie, there are also subtler appearances dropped throughout. On the TV there are exactly 42 cars parked at the Overlook, whilst a news reporter talks about a $42 million spending bill. Want to know what it all means? You and me both, sister. The reasoning behind these placements is unfounded. Perhaps there was some parallel universe trying to send a message. Either way, count me out.