Eyes Wide Shut, a Stanley Kubrick film? Is that all that has to be said? The Shining is a classic story and I saw 2001 along time ago, when I was young. That is a masterpiece. But, of course, a director's name can not always signify a movie's excellence. But in the case of Eyes Wide Shut, his final movie starring Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman, his name means brilliance.
The music, scenery, and photography mend together to make a beautiful upscale world and believable sequences between the string of characters. Every scene was filmed perfectly and the subtleties of the scenes were quite enthralling. There would be some where it took forever for the characters to say a single sentence, and others where nothing was said at all. The infamous orgy scene which critics have complained was critically severed was filmed with a chilling look, as was the rest of the movie.
As for the actors, this has to be one of Tom Cruise's best movies. The same goes to his both real and on-screen wife, Nicole Kidman. Kidman doesn't actually have as big of a part as the teaser previews make it seem, especially in the last half of the movie, but in the beginning, she really shines. As for Cruise, his skills are really released in Kubrick's film.
But was the actual movie any good? It was long - maybe a little too long - boring in some parts, and grainy in some scenes, but was still good. All the pre-release hype, teaser trailers, and even the internet sites didn't give away what this movie was about, other than "a tale of sexual obsession and jealousy", and that's a good thing. Not knowing what to expect makes the movie all the more thrilling, and weird. Eyes Wide Shut is a weird movie, as are the individual scenes, but was more than just what was said above. After Cruise encounters the sex club, bad things begin to happen.
The movie should have been sliced to two hours because it was boring in times and the ending was sort of slow, but Eyes Wide Shut is a respectable piece of worse and deserving of acclaim.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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