Jane's Review of Eyes Wide Shut

  • 2 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes
    Eyes Wide Shut

    Eyes Wide Shut (1999)

    Eyes Wide Shut is not only Kubrick's most gripping and refined film, but basically his very best. Of course many of you are scoffing already, falling victim to the "I hate Tom Cruise!!" mode of thinking which essentially blinds you to the monumental greatness of his performance. Batshit religious and psychological views aside, Cruise was the right and possibly the only choice to play Dr. Bill. Tom's then wife Nicole Kidman was equally fantastic as Alice Harford. And Sydney Pollack delivered up the performance of a lifetime.

    Cruise and Kidman play William and Alice Harford, a physician and a gallery manager who are wealthy, successful, and travel in a sophisticated social circle; however, a certain amount of decadence crosses their paths on occasion, and a visit to a formal-dress party leads them into sexual temptation when William is drafted into helping a beautiful girl who has overdosed on drugs while Alice is charmed by a man bent on seduction. While neither William and Alice act on their adulterous impulses, once the issue has been brought into the open, it begins a dangerous season of erotic gamesmanship for the couple, with William in particular openly confronting his desire for new sexual experiences.

    Eyes Wide Shut is about one thing and one thing only: sex and is stunning to look at.

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