an alluring depiction of how deep and dark a hole can get if you follow it far enough. notorious for dividing Kubrick fans, this serves as a glimpse into Kubrick’s life and a commentary on scientology. Cruise, a scientologist himself, plays a man whose reality is questioned as he pursues an elusive cult. at the time, Kubrick’s daughter Vivian cut ties with him to join the very church on which this film makes comment.
4.5- nobody does suspense like kubrick... you know its real after watching tom cruise walking around NYC his medical license for 45 straight minutes and still finding yourself at the edge of your seat. this film had a nightmarish quality and I've been unable to get the creepy occult music out of my head for weeks. long story short i'm always down for a movie about the depravity of wealthy people and their sexual egos
A brilliant, cold comedy about sexual mores, repression, and the insidious business the hopelessly repressed get up to in order to get off (or fail to). Don't think it's a comedy? Not even after the third time Tom Cruise flashes his ID like a detective to establish that he is a doctor? Ego, man. The ultimate erection-complicater. If the women seem like castrating hysterics, it is because our hero frames them as such.
THE MASTER'S LAST ODE TO ART AND HUMANKIND. The social organizations, the secret societies, the lifetime of detail picking, the undeniable casting choices. 'EYES WIDE SHUT' is perfect in Stanley Kubrick's way. A simple thought- WE ALL HAVE OUR 'EYES WIDE SHUT' TO THE REALITIES THAT ARE TAKING PLACE RIGHT THIS MOMENT. Kubrick is GENIUS like no other in cinema. Kudos Kubrick!