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Paul Jensen

EYES WIDE SHUT (1999) 5 stars

Definitive Kubrick. Eerie, unsettling, hypnotic and completely original. Still, years ahead of film today. As Kubrick explores relationships, illusions and fear, we are treated to some of the most captivating imagery and sound design around. In typical Kubrick fashion, it takes a couple of viewings to fully digest. It's provocative with an interesting blend of being both cinematic and theatrical. Much like Nicholson & Duvall's unsettling casting in The Shining, Cruise & Kidman fit their respective rolls perfectly. Their vacant, striving & pained performances suit the theme of the film. Kubrick himself reportedly felt it was among his best work. Who am I to disagree?

 

Genre: Drama
Director: Stanley Kubrick