A curious coda to Kubrick's career akin to a portrait awaiting final touches - what's missing (or may never have been) more interesting than what is in view. The end result - if one can call it that - is a highly suggestive and discursive exercise that hints, skirts and meanders around very dark territory indeed. At face value a rather dreary psycho-sexual drama but as a jigsaw of other concerns, rather fascinating.
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.
D’hypocrites conventions amènent à fonctionner sur l'apparence, à vivre avec des masques. Kubrick fait tomber ceux-ci dans 1 cruelle et grandiose fable moralisatrice. Chef d'oeuvre à voir & revoir, où chaque détail compte. ====== With Barry LYNDON, Kubrick's masterpiece.
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Tom Cruise attempting to have sex with anyone but his wife - wonder how accurate this is to the real life. The cinematography is not as mesmerizing as Kubrick's previous films, but the scenes from the secret sexual group and the haunting piano music made it a little less boring.
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 movie sucked, but it sucked in the kind of way that makes you want to go out and create something really good, like if you could harness the same sort of magnetism you’d be able to craft something absolutely mind-blowing. So to that extent I’m not sorry I watched it.