More like Whore-ita! I watched this on blu-ray, on a decent television, and still wasn't able to get excited or engaged with the story. It was just a huge dud, neither funny or sexy enough to keep a nice rhythm during its (long) running time. The first time I actually got bored watching a Stanley Kubrick film.
It wasn't proper to give Peter Sellers' Quilty such protagonism. despite that flaw, Nabokov's screenplay (though drastically changed) and Kubrick's direction are correct, some passages are quite lighthearted in contrast to the serious subject matter. Shelly Winters is a lot of fun; Sue Lyon shines as Lolita; and James Mason, well, there wasn't a gesture or word that could escape from that magnificent performer.
Kubrick's direction is incredible, but if it wasn't for his skills, this would have been a dud. Censorship really butchered what this movie could have been. What's up with Quilty being a main character? What's up with Lolita looking 20 y.o.? Disappointed.
Weak and boring. The plot and development seem especially thin. Probably the best part is the beginning with Winters, but the whole movie afterwards is too long. There's very little to like, and the tangent with the Quilty character (even if it IS the plot of the movie) seems baseless. You know somethings going on, Lolita acts suspiciously, we recognize Quilty in his numerous appearances, but it's all meaningless.
An absolutely perfect movie and seeing it again in a theater was magical. James Mason is insanely great and an absolute pleasure to watch. Like every Kubrick film, every aspect and detail about it is completely and 100% perfect. I swear to god I get chills just by seeing "Directed by Stanley Kubrick" in the opening credits of any of his movies.