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April 28, 2018
Kubrick left us with a very unsolved riddle here: where does a person go after they've been devastated by the one human being they thought loved them the most? Basically, if you watch closely enough, it appears Nicole Kidman's Alice character might be a little bi polar... She's basically just toying with Tom Cruise's Bill through the whole story.... Perhaps then marriage itself is the big mystery of life? Who can say... Still my favorite movie set around Christmas time, even with all its dark, disturbing themes. PS: the whole sex party sequence is the stuff of great cinema. It's a long mesmerizing trip the second Bill enters the house.
½ April 18, 2018
NYC sex film filled with many themes and colors. Dropped half a star for Nicole Kidman's desperate acting perfromance.
April 13, 2018
One star i for Nicole Kidman Getting naked.
½ April 1, 2018
Honestly, much like a lot of Kubrick's work, it's better on the second watch. The first time through, you're sort of like "what the fuck?" and question why you watched it at all. The second time through, it's more like a learning experience & you're looking for symbolism & what not. I still don't think it's his best work but I have learned to appreciate it more. It definitely draws you into the story & you're along for the ride thinking "what has he gotten himself into?"
½ March 29, 2018
I think that all the sense (if you want to find a sense) is in a sentence through the end, which is not so simple to get the first time. Especially if you are italian and your english is still not that good... Still. I liked it. The atmosphere in it is just right.
March 26, 2018
This movie has hidden themes and intriguing enough story to keep you glued to your screen. The mood given is like no other. Truly one of Kubrick greatest works!
March 3, 2018
This movie is something else, a piece of art.

First, lets start with technical aspect.
The dialogues and the scenes in the movie are something else - they are long and slow, which is quite unusual for movies. The scenes are very slow, but they glue you to the screen. You have intense feeling while watching the movie and the movie is mysterious.
You have to watch this movie in a slow, relaxed, immersed state - don't expect action here.
This movie is really well directed and is truly a piece of cinematographic art in different ways - dialogues, story, meaning, scenes, looks.
Keep in mind there's really a lot of nudity here, so you might not want to show or recommend it to everyone.

* What is the movie about and what is the lesson? *
The whole movie I was asking myself "Why would she tell her husband that she wanted to have sex with another man?! That can totally ruin their relationship, it was not necessary to tell that!". However, after reading reviews, it seems that actually the movie is about on sexual relationship and fantasies and that you NEED to be open about some things like that. When a couple does not share their fantasies or desires then they might start fantasizing bad things, like cheating with someone else who can fullfill these desires. As a result, they both started fantasizing about cheating.
Thus, it is important to tell your desires or thoughts to the partner, to make sure they know what you want.

As some people have noticed, there are really many sexual scenes in this movie with different types of people, which all might represent something, no one knows for sure, so there are many theories, but I guess it is open for interpretation on purpose.

I think it is worth reading fan theories, for example on reddit I've seen some really interesting theories.
February 16, 2018
Nothing short of a masterpiece.
February 15, 2018
Puntaje Original: 6.5

Un notable trabajo en el uso del color en su incompleta dirección del maestro Kubrick, sin embargo la historia resulta ser en cierto grado decepcionante.
February 13, 2018
Wish i had missed this one. But then again Kubrick is not always about what you wanna see, and more about what he wants you to learn.
½ February 12, 2018
Not the funnest movie to watch, Eyes Wide Shut is a masterfully directed film, I've never seen anything like it. Kubrick puts you in Cruise's shoes and just leaves you there, definetly see this if you are a fan of Kubrick or of movies in general.
February 7, 2018
Didn't like this movie the first time around, but loved it on second viewing seen within the context of the power of wealth. The world is run by those with the most money, the majority serving them in one capacity or another.
January 14, 2018
2 hours of my life wasted
January 13, 2018
you're not even looking at it..

Eyes Wide Shut

Stanley offers doubts, raises questions and upbeats the entity in this overlong (needs a bit editing) yet a stunning craft in which Tom brings his A game.
½ January 5, 2018
Never anything like Stanley..
December 23, 2017


[Stanley Kubrick]
½ December 16, 2017
Another beautiful Kubrick film.
½ November 21, 2017
Eyes Wide Shut: Kubrick's slow burning cinematic thriller won't win many but yeilds impressive work otherwise.
November 13, 2017
Great movie, Stanley Kubrick really made sure every little detail was perfect
Super Reviewer
November 7, 2017
For many, Stanley Kubrick is one of the greatest directors America has ever produced and has offered up some of the most thought provoking films throughout his career. Unfortunately, his last film didn't receive the credit that it deserved. Literally days after delivering the final film, Kubrick died. However, in some senses, I'm actually glad Kubrick didn't have to witness his swansong's much maligned backlash. A big factor in this was the poor marketing campaign. For the first time, Kubrick released a film in the internet-age where information was readily accessible on the secrecy of its production. Rumours abound, it was flaunted as a sexually explicit bonkfest with Cruise and Kidman and the trailers teasing the audience with the real-life, married couple's nudity certainly didn't help matters. In truth, what (little) you see in the trailer is essentially all there is in the entire film between the couple. Added to which, there were rumours that Cruise would be shooting heroine for the film and wearing a dress. Needless to say, those who flocked in their droves to see such controversy where left sorely disappointed. What they really missed, though, was a rich and provocative meditation on sexual desires and the human psyche.

Plot: Happily married New York City doctor, Bill Harford (Tom Cruise) appears to have the perfect life with his wife Alice (Nicole Kidman). When she admits that she had a potent sexual fantasy about a man she never met and was tempted to cheat on him, he is left reeling from shock, and goes out into the Manhattan night where he meets strange characters and enters into a world of sexual adventure for the first time in his life.

Within minutes of the film's opening, we are voyeurs in the lives of our main characters. We witness them at a party where Alice flirts with an older lothario who imparts his wisdom that women only got married in order to lose their virginity, freeing them to do as they pleaded with other men. Meanwhile Bill is being accosted and propositioned to an upstairs bedroom by two beautiful models, promising to show him "where the rainbow ends". Despite these encounters amounting to nothing, they set the tone for the rest of the film in how this seemingly contented married couple will have their fidelity questioned.

It's moments like these that showcase Kubrick's command of space. I love his ability for crafting a place or scene that is vast yet strangely intimate. He gives a place importance and here it is no different. Despite being set in the vibrant sprawling nightlife of New York City, we seem enclosed in the lives of our two main characters. Kubrick's craftsmanship was just as evident in the The Shining whereby he conveys the loneliness and isolation of his characters and somehow manages a palpable sense of claustrophobia within grand open spaces. If for nothing else, it brings his actors to the forefront and enhances their performances. Speaking of which, Cruise and Kidman are very brave and dynamic here. Their real life marriage (at the time) effectively seems to permeate the characters - giving a very intimate portrayal of a strained, unfulfilled relationship. It should also be noted that with Kubrick's fastidious approach to filming that the psychological torment that he put his actors through led to the break-up of Cruise and Kidman not long after filming wrapped. Much was said about Kidman's performance but this is by-and-large Cruise's film. He's the anchor and it's among his strongest work as he absolutely smolders on screen as his Dr. Harford is always heavily weighted on and there's an escalating sense of danger in his experiences.

Kubrick's last film is not just one to be viewed but one to be immersed in. That's the absolute beauty and captivating nature of the film. It draws you in and, much like the protagonist, you have no idea what you're in for but you're swept along with it as if in some hypnogogic state. As a self-proclaimed admirer of David Lynch, Kubrick has managed to make a film that the idiosyncratic Lynch would be proud of. In the latter stages it becomes quite an intriguing, surrealistic mystery that begins to question Harford's perception of events. Over the course of the evening, Harford experiences a prostitute, a proposition from a teenage girl, the suggestion of his sexual orientation and, of course, an en masse orgy. But, is this the world that he's been cloistered from experiencing a reawakening? Or are these manifestations of his sexual fantasies and desires? These are the questions that begin to surface as the film's dreamlike, ambiguous nature grows stronger.

It's not just what's underneath Eyes Wide Shut that's impressive, though. On the surface, the film is
also visually stunning. Kubrick shoots on a grand scale where production designers Leslie Tomkins and Roy Walker capture both the interiors and exteriors with lavish flamboyancy. There's also an abundance of colour on display and cinematographer Larry Smith deserves the utmost credit with his stunning contrast of warm and cold colours that adds to the foreboding atmosphere that's tangible within the themes of the film.

An avant garde, near masterpiece from Kubrick. Consider, if you will, David Lynch directing Martin Scorsese's absurd, dark comedy After Hours and you'll get a little closer to understanding it. Premature judgement has harmed the film but it is still, admittedly, not for everyone. It's not the explicit orgy that people expected but a deeply surreal, and hypnotic, psychological exploration of sexual tension, paranoia and jealousy. But if viewed from a subconcious perspective it is a hugely rewarding experience. Sadly, it was Kubrick's last film but it's also one of his finest.

Mark Walker
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