Eyes Wide Shut [HD DVD]
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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.Read more ›
This is not what this movie is.
What it is, is garbage. There's no intellectual quest, emotional investment, or discovery of character. It's an excuse to produce a film of nothing but people walking around naked in highly-unbelievable sadomasochitic bliss. If this version is Kubrick's actual intent, then shame on him. Tom Cruise is at his worst. There's nothing enjoyable or even redeemable about his character. He's just trite and boring. Kidman fares somewhat better, given the material. Ironic that after their divorce, her movies get better (bordering on brilliance) and his get worse.
"The difference between pornography and erotica is lighting," said Gloria Leonard. This movie is neither. It's lining for the litter box.
Nevertheless, I'm not convinced this is what Kubrick intended Eyes Wide Shut to be, but contemplating what he did intend is fascinating to me. I actually consider Kubrick among my favorite directors, so this fascination is probably not as applicable to non-fans. Of his films, Eyes Wide Shut is, along with Barry Lyndon, his least appreciated and most criticized, although not by me. Eyes Wide Shut is actually one of my favorite Kubrick films.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
Kubrick's last film Eyes Wide Shut is a masterpiece, the running time might get a bit extensive, but that does not take away from the thrilling experience of Eyes Wide Shut.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Arrived within delivery time perimeters and was a describedPublished 8 months ago by patrick kilmartin
This is BluRay but the picture quality is not great (grainy). It's been maybe 10 years since I last watched it but I was able to get more message out of it this time around. Read morePublished 8 months ago by JR
Stanley Kubrick's last picture and a great one. Far above the standard fare of movies today; artistic and demanding. Read morePublished 9 months ago by James S. Mclean
Excellent movie, especially in blu-ray. One of Stanley Kubrick's best. Truly an enjoyable experience.Published 10 months ago by Fred Conrad