Eyes Wide Shut
Starring: Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman
Directed by: Stanley Kubrick
Produced by: Warner Bros.
Distributed by: Warner Bros.
|B B B|
|Review by hughjtoad
||Date seen: March 21, 2000|
|Viewing Location: Sunnyvale, CA
|Summary: if Kafka ever wrote about sex|
|I didn't like this movie while I was watching it, which is usually
one of the prime goals in seeing a film. Afterwards I was puzzling
over it and I saw a book on my bookshelf and realized what the movie
reminded me of - The Trial. I'm not saying it's a movie you should see, but it does have a consistent theme and tone throughout (sadly
part of the tone is "doggedly slow dialog"). There is nudity but
only one scene in the entire 2 hours and 40 minutes rates as "sexy"
and that not very. It's the kind of movie that you keep thinking about, but I'm not sure if that's because it's good or because you can't figure out what it was for.
There are a couple of big party scenes, and while watching them I
felt like I was seeing parties at the Overlook hotel (from the Shining) back in its day. There's a lot eerie tomblike atmosphere
despite all the party goer voices and so-called beautiful people.
Good luck deciding whether to rent this.
|D- D- D-|
|Review by Orion
||Date seen: April 25, 2000|
|Viewing Location: Orion's Bedroom
|Summary: FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, MONTRESSOR|
|Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman get dressed up and look pretty. They go to a party. They talk, and Kidman reveals she REALLY WANTED TO HAVE SEX WITH SOMEONE. So now Tom walks around, agonized. Boy is he agonized. You can tell, because of the look he has on his face as the camera just sits there pointed at his head. Agony. Lots of agony. Can't stop the agony. Wait. A christmas tree. Look at that.
Eventually, Tom finds his way to a party where they kill some girl instead of him. Or do they? Who knows, who cares. The whole movie is merely a metaphor for something, but I couldn't be bothered to figure it out, because I'd spent 3 hours watching Tom Cruise walk around in emotional agony. |
|B- B- B-|
|Review by Finrod
||Date seen: November 17, 2003|
|Viewing Location: dvd
|Summary: An off day for Kubrick|
|After watching this movie, I found myself not wanting to watch it again, which is generally a bad sign. Quite possibly because the camera is on Tom Cruise for pretty much the entire movie, and I don't really like him, or he doesn't work well in a Kubrick movie, or who knows what. In any case his character isn't terribly likeable, and I wanted to slap him around after a while. Even the sex scenes got edited down to nothing much at all, so there really isn't a lot to see. Too bad, because Kubrick is usually better than this.
"I should put quotes here."