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Eyes Wide Shut (1999)

by EHL Movie Reviews

Run Time: 2 hour 29 min
Release Date: July 16 1999
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Director: Stanley Kubrick
Cast: Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman

Plot Summary

A New York City doctor embarks on a harrowing, night-long odyssey of sexual and moral discovery after his wife reveals a painful secret to him.

‘Eyes Wide Shut’ is the last film directed by the great Stanley Kubrick, a director that has got some classic under his belt, something this hasn’t quite become.

Throughout, this felt like it was dragging its feet through the sand although it was beautiful, it didn’t seem to be going in any direction. Once it did build up to something you thought might be significant, it almost discounted that moment and just moved to the next slow paced scene.

As always with a Kubrick film, there is more to it than just what you see, underlying messages, hidden within. This was obsession, the need to explore different sexual fantasies, was the whole film just a figment of Bill’s (Tom Cruise) imagination, that breakdown to his wife (although he just spent a lot of money not doing anything), put the pieces together and you’ll need to decide for yourself what’s happening here.

That brain hammering score left something to be desired throughout this film, the pinging of that piano just became annoying. But once again, that hidden message, the hammering of depression, this score just emphasised this meaning.

The last of Kubrick’s legacy, a beautifully shot film littered with hidden meaning but unfortunately dragged its heels from one scene to the next, ultimately resulting in a long un-gripping story.