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.
Every time I saw this film again, it grew. The dialogues of Kidman's and Cruise's character's are essencial. And even if part of the movie is so mysterious, maybe it offers some thruth about relationships. Or makes some interesting questions. What is a good partner? And is the adventurous part of sex something to be given up in a long term relationship? Why do we choose this person over that one? And why do we stay?
A film so burdened by it's opaque, pictorial rendition of nudity that it never successfully explores eroticism thoroughly. In keeping with much of Kubrick's output, it is a strictly anatomical and decorous exercise, massive and unecessary in length yet this last time the spectacle (charade?) somehow feeling rushed.
I liked it. I haven't seen many Kubrick films, so I don't know how it ranks. The way it was shot was very theatrical. Like the lighting it adds a lot, especially the blue exteriors. I will always remember that. But what leaves me wanting more is the story. Not too sure what I think of it, but I know it warrants a second viewing, like all his films. Kidman is great. A good omen for the decade she was going to have.
This didn't feel like a 160 minute film - Kubrick's element of dream vs. reality really adds a flow to the progression of the story, which makes this theme come to life. The central relationship is developed masterfully with incredible depth, and Cruise provides an interesting performance. I'm glad Kubrick's last film was among his true masterpieces. 5/5.