The mirror image to 'They Live': whereas Carpenter forces us to see the truth and fight to preserve it (we keep our eyes wide open), Kubrick suggests that we turn a blind eye to it (we keep our eyes wide shut), because if we don’t, we risk our lives. To go “where the rainbow ends” is dangerous, so go back to your sheltered bourgeoise existence and fuck away. What a haunting final statement!
Likely Kubrick's most maddeningly opaque work, its hard to think of another single final feature that so perfectly sums up the career of a great director. The fact that his illustrious filmography concludes on the word "fuck" is also delightfully apropos in its humorously ironic vulgarity. Stan must still be laughing, wherever he is.
An absolute abortion of a film. Far too long, horribly acted, and packed with lines out of an after school special (see: "this pot is making you aggressive!"). I have no idea what Kubrick was thinking. This truly is a sad film to end your career on. At least the cult scenes are marvelously photographed if not poorly paced. These few good scenes though only go to show how dull as dishwater every other shot looks.
★★★ / 35mm / Kubrick’s final film is a piece of beautiful quirky oddness, a film remaining on the surface, full of icy stares, a parade of nude mannequins, glowing Xmas lights, droll dialogue, momentarily deepened only once by Kidman’s stunning stoned free form confession that evokes dangerous emotion. To me, the humor seems off, the teenage vixen overplayed, the orgy center piece more parody then atmospheric.
pembacaan khalayak bahwa film ini merupakan soal kubrick yang ngode tentang konspirasi tai kucing sungguh superficial. sex scene featuring nicole kidman yang justru jadi suram serta ritual sekte orgy, membuat akan lebih adil apabila film ini dimaknai sebagai usaha kubrick untuk membicarakan keluarga, relasi manusia, serta institusi perkawinan
As an essay on the act of viewing, Kubrick's swan song makes its point and accomplishes its task: the hyperreal Christmas bulbs, the enigmatic lascivious gazes wrapped up in bourgeois manners create the appropriate semantic distance to see the film on a meta-cinematic level. Yet, the viewing about how we view capitulates quickly into the contrived plot and the poorly delivered orgy sequences. Not without interest.
Atmospheric dream journey through emotions and our need for sex. Excellent edited and directed with the usual fantastic use of classic music that Kubrick could use to great effect in his movies. Great acting. too. The funniest thing with this film was how the censors tampered with sex scenes and added CGI in front of the orgy sequences. Now 10 years later, we have "worse" sex in one single cable TV episode.
10/10. Kubrick's late masterpiece. EYES WIDE SHUT is an odd, entrancing nightmare about emasculation. Tom Cruise's Dr. Bill is consistently and hysterically occupied with money, status, and the women he should want to sleep with, all the while terrified by his wife's admission of sexual desire. Possibly my favorite Nicole Kidman performance. A must-see film, whose cryptic nature improves on rewatches.
Exploration of intimacy that resides in the bedroom - and creeps among halls, chambers and headquarters - is told in a kafkaesque, almost surreal fashion. Christmas lights and interior warmth operate as an aesthetic paradox to a sinister environment where one can be "checked out" over a course of one night. What is distinctly frightening is that below everything mentioned above, lies the imitation of life.
Needs to be revisited, but a recent analysis video by Nerdwriter1 on Youtube has totally changed my perspective on the film. One of Kubrick's most ambitious. If he hadn't created a string of perfect movies before this, it would be remembered as a masterpiece.