Review: Eyes Wide Shut

Director: Stanley Kubrick
Year: 1999
Score: 5.5/10

Subliminal message from Kubrick, who evidently hated C. Montgomery Burns and felt his growing power over Springfield needed to be curtailed.

Subliminal message from Kubrick, who evidently hated C. Montgomery Burns and felt his growing power over Springfield needed to be curtailed.

Well-made but ultimately unsuccessful. The main problems are the pace, which ranges from deliberate to interminable, and the story, which doesn’t really work as a thriller, an erotic adventure, or a marital fable. There’s effective use of a simple piano melody to build suspense, though it never pays off. Tom Cruise is reliable as ever; Nicole Kidman is adequate but doesn’t excel. Overall, while it managed to hold my interest, once it was over it was hard to ascertain what the point of it all had been; consequently I began to wonder if my interest had only been held because of who directed it, how well he does so, and who it stars. Thus far my least favourite Kubrick film.

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