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Eyes Wide Shut [HD DVD]

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5.0 out of 5 stars Sociology over Psychology June 14 2003
Stanley Kubrick's final and most complicated masterpiece opened to extreme disappointment among reviewers from all over. Critical disappointment with the film was almost unanimous. They claimed that Kubrick was "out of touch with today's jaded sensibilities". However, as has been the case with almost every Kubrick film ever released, the critics, at first, could only see what was not there. The film was, and continues to be, completely and utterly misinterpreted by both the critical and the public eye.
The main themes in Eyes Wide Shut are not those of sex and marriage - now, certainly, the story that is told by the actors alone echoes of these subjects. However, what the actors are doing onscreen more often than not was meant by Kubrick to take second place to the imagery used in the film. And the themes portrayed by the imagery are most certainly not that which mainstream reviews have let on.
So what exactly is Eyes Wide Shut about, then? Not sex. That much should be obvious from the re-appearance of the film's title after the short shot of Nicole Kidman's buttocks (telling us that we're not really seeing what we're seeing). Eyes Wide Shut is about the wealth and power of society - about the upper class. It's about how the elite men in this world manipulate their inferiors and treat them like mere possessions. It is about the mistreatment of women and the lower class, and the source of that mistreatment.
From a single viewing of Eyes Wide Shut one may assume that Nicole Kidman's character has some "power" in her relationship with her husband, that she has some other meaning to him and his acquaintances than an object - a possession. One will see, however, after analyzing the film carefully, that she has no power.
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By Stella Carrier TOP 100 REVIEWER
Eyes Wide Shut (starring Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman) is a movie that brilliantly shows how even the wealthiest couples sometimes go through experiences that test their marriage but can eventually make it stronger. Eyes Wide Shut also communicates many other messages in the movie that one can be the judge of. Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman play Bill and Alice Hartford. They are an affluent couple that live in Manhattan and are invited to a party hosted by a prosperous lawyer named Victor Ziegler. Viewers are given obvious reason to believe that the party is also going to feature other people who are also doing well in life on a professional/career scale. Anyhow, the character of Bill Hartford becomes concerned when Alice Hartford confesses to have previously fantasized about a naval officer that she saw while they were dining out one night. Her confession is one of the catalysts that indirectly influence him to venture out on his own among events involving him going to a controversial orgy party told to him by an old friend. However, the party is also highly exclusive because it is also a gathering where many powerful and well-known people are going to be at. There is much more to this classic movie for those who are fine with watching suspenseful movies and/or are familiar with either Tom Cruise and/or Nicole Kidman.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mesmerizing in its emotional complexity July 14 2006
By Daniel Jolley TOP 50 REVIEWER
I don't think it's possible to truly explain Eyes Wide Shut to anyone who hasn't seen it. For some, it will be too darn weird, far too lengthy, and too abstract and open-ended to be enjoyable. Others, however, will find themselves as fascinated as I was while watching this extraordinary film, especially after it transforms itself into something totally unexpected about midway through. There is a sort of surreal atmosphere around everything that happens here, although I must say I sensed no dreamlike qualities to any parts of it. I really didn't know what to expect going in - besides a bunch of nudity and the whole erotic Cruise-Kidman relationship - but that was a good thing (especially since the movie isn't really about those things). Eyes Wide Shut is so unusual that it's probably better for the viewer to go in with no expectations whatsoever.

I came to this film for Nicole Kidman, just as many probably came to it for Cruise. It's really a Tom Cruise feature, I have to say, with Kidman scoring a lot less screen time than I expected. Now, I love Nicole Kidman, and I was mesmerized by this entire movie, but I don't think this was one of Kidman's better performances. Maybe it's just the fact that racy language coming out of her mouth just doesn't sit right with me, but I was definitely uncomfortable watching Kidman work her way through the more emotional scenes (which seemed a little overdramatic). Cruise, for his part, is great, and the whole supporting cast (including Leelee Sobieski in a small but scintillating role) is excellent.

Bill and Alice Harford have a complex relationship. Following a strange party which finds them each flirting with other people, Alice starts a discussion that ends with her recounting her fantasies about another man.
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5.0 out of 5 stars one of the best from Kubrick July 19 2004
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It's no surprise to me that 'Eyes Wide Shut' was instantly rejected by mainstream audiences, who were probably expecting a soft porn movie along the same lines as 'Basic Instinct.' There is nudity and sex in the film, but it is Kubrickian nudity and sex - in other words, it's cold and vaguely off-putting, and we suspect that it is not a celebration of the procreative act. Kubrick is far to classy a director to allow a movie 12 years in the making to be a piece of erotic titillation.
This is a very rich, visually lavish, and deep film; Kubrick shows an expertise with expressive colors that we haven't seen so full-blown since his 'a Clockwork Orange.' The giant ballroom, with its bright red carpet and robed occupants, is destined to become a legendary Kubrick set piece, along the same lines as the Korova milkbar, the War Room, and the deep space victorian bedroom.
Kubrick's use of music here is unusual but compelling nonetheless. He masterfully uses Ligeti's minimalistic piano music to set the mood and heighten the tension, and the ceremonial chants of the orgy sequence are sublimely haunting.
Perhaps the only drawback is Nicole Kidman's performance; a limited actress in the first place, it doesn't help that she's required to act half asleep or stoned through most of her screen time. She pauses, draws out sentences, stammers, uses body language excessively, and in general annoys the heck out of me. Surprisingly, I have no complaints about Tom Cruise. He has proven, in Magnolia and Eyes Wide Shut, that he is a real actor.
Kubrick's final film is the work of a filmmaker who knows everything about film; watch it and be awed by his effortless command of the camera.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Open your eyes
True too as the original book, but much more visual. I recommend it,
Published 12 days ago by Catharine
3.0 out of 5 stars The Movie is not impressive, with the exception of the "Ritual"
The Ritual is required watching; in fact I watched it several times. I suspect it's heavily edited, but even so it's a must see. Read more
Published 13 months ago by BG McDonald
5.0 out of 5 stars EWS
Stanley Kubrick had by then become a recluse in the twilight years of his life that he dedicated to filming this movie. Read more
Published on May 7 2010 by Dean Noble
5.0 out of 5 stars Kubrick's Final Film is Worth a Look on Blu-Ray
Not to suggest that you can expect to see Kubrick's last film in a stunning new light on Blu-Ray, and although like any Blu-Ray it is certainly beautiful, by comparison to some... Read more
Published on April 4 2008 by K. Driscoll
4.0 out of 5 stars not Stanley Kubrick's best but still gripping to watch
This movie is only gripping if you watch it at night, take my word for it. I watched it for the first time at night and it freaked me out. Read more
Published on Oct. 30 2007 by Bob
5.0 out of 5 stars a real spine tingler
another gem in the bracelet that is the stanley kubrik discography.this was his 13th film.3 bad things happened. Read more
Published on July 18 2004 by abe
3.0 out of 5 stars What A Pity
This movie calls for a review. While having brilliant ideas, it fails its potential to become an all-time classic.
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Published on July 15 2004 by Vincent Yeh
5.0 out of 5 stars a difficult but rewarding master work
kubrick was and remains the most 'celebrated' of cinemas avant gardists.
the fact that he had a comfortable carte blanche /big budget status tends to distract from his whole... Read more
Published on June 19 2004 by ageofanxiety
3.0 out of 5 stars Different
I like Stanley Kubrick he was a magnificent director, he knew hos to create mystery in the stories he directed, sometimes scary and sometimes very slow. Read more
Published on June 16 2004 by Pablo Nadal Moron
5.0 out of 5 stars different
I've heard a lot of women were bothered or turned off by this movie. I'm a woman and I was intrigued by it, not bothered. Read more
Published on June 9 2004 by reader
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