Existential metropolitan soft-core horror film? Feature-length hallucination? Attempt at the weirdest Christmas movie ever made? Whatever your take on Stanley Kubrick’s last film is, there’s no denying the mesmerizing power and visual beauty of 1999’s Eyes Wide Shut.
After Alice (Nicole Kidman) admits to William (Tom Cruise) that she once almost cheated on him, William is suddenly inspired to partake in a nightlong sexual odyssey, finding himself in one strange entanglement after another as the possible indiscretion plays out on a loop in his head.
Considered by die-hard fans to be Kubrick’s best and most personal film, the polarizing Eyes Wide Shut is easily of Kubrick at his most audacious and daring, and a magnificent swan song to his many contributions to the art of cinema.
1999. Directed by Stanley Kubrick. 159 minutes. Rated R.
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“Eyes Wide Shut is above all a masterpiece of sustained tone, a tightrope act that pays off in rich and unexpected ways.” – Nathan Rabin, A.V. Club
“It’s as rich and strange and riveting as any journey [Kubrick’s] taken us on, yet it’s also familiar in a disquieting way.” – John Hartl, Seattle Times