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Jack Ruby
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Eyes Wide Shut: Masterpiece; flawed, but intriguing; or overrated shite
I go back and and forth on this one...I'm a Kubrick-a-holic, but, to me, there are parts that are up there with Barry Lyndon and basically anything else he's ever done, and then there are parts that I think are meandering crap -- specifically the 20 minute bedroom scene that is so fricking ackward and boring and seemingly forced between a couple that, although were married at the time, have absolute no chemistry at all.

But, on the other hand, the dancing scene at the beginning with Kidman and the Hungarian, the hooker scene with Cruise, and obviously the mansion ritual shite...and basically every other scene when cruise is away from Kidman, are so compelling and beautifully shot, nothing else really exists like them.

Yes, the dreamlike lighting and vibe of the film is intentional, but so is every other little detail and bit of dialogue. In total, I think about an hour of the film is not good at all....but I think the remaining almost 2 hours are incredible. It just hypnotizes you.

I think it's also notable how cruise has chemistry with basically everyone else in the movie, both male and female, but not with Kidman at all. I think Kubrick really exposes his gayness or asexuallness, whatever, or he either made the scenes intentionally cringeworthy between the husband and wife on purpose. No idea, but isn't this movie that took like 3 yrs to make basically what ended their marriage?


ElectricWizard0
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re: Eyes Wide Shut: Masterpiece; flawed, but intriguing; or overrated shite
From all the shite I heard about this movie before watching it, I was kind of disappointed. Not nearly as weird or crazy as people made it out to be.


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re: Eyes Wide Shut: Masterpiece; flawed, but intriguing; or overrated shite
love it.


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GetCocky11
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re: Eyes Wide Shut: Masterpiece; flawed, but intriguing; or overrated shite
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From all the shite I heard about this movie before watching it, I was kind of disappointed. Not nearly as weird or crazy as people made it out to be.


This.


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dnm3305
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re: Eyes Wide Shut: Masterpiece; flawed, but intriguing; or overrated shite
Tits, I like them.


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re: Eyes Wide Shut: Masterpiece; flawed, but intriguing; or overrated shite
I would like to see the film as Kubrick intended.


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Huey Lewis
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re: Eyes Wide Shut: Masterpiece; flawed, but intriguing; or overrated shite
I like it but I think the Eyes Wide Cut version is an improvement.


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kale
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re: Eyes Wide Shut: Masterpiece; flawed, but intriguing; or overrated shite
I agree I loved the performances but I was left a little disappointed. Still a great film though.


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re: Eyes Wide Shut: Masterpiece; flawed, but intriguing; or overrated shite


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Brosef Stalin
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re: Eyes Wide Shut: Masterpiece; flawed, but intriguing; or overrated shite
Its great


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hsfolk
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re: Eyes Wide Shut: Masterpiece; flawed, but intriguing; or overrated shite
Who was the lady who saved him when he took off his mask?


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re: Eyes Wide Shut: Masterpiece; flawed, but intriguing; or overrated shite
Guilty pleasure for me. I recognize the flaws but watch it once a year.


Jack Ruby
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re: Eyes Wide Shut: Masterpiece; flawed, but intriguing; or overrated shite
Cruise's performance is just so bizarre on the entirety of the film. I think it's probably his worst acting job in his career.

I think he was so beaten down by Kubrick, he had no idea what he was supposed to be doing. He was obviously trying to tamp down the trademark Cruise charisma, but I thought he was really exposed there.

Kubrick though is well known for getting wooden, cold perofmances out of actors. It's evident throughout his career. It's why Robert Duvall always said he didn't care for his pictures, no matter how wonderfully technical they were, he thought he was very bad with actors, and for Duvall, that was always paramount, a la how Coppola handled his actors, giving them freedom and emotional room.


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Brosef Stalin
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re: Eyes Wide Shut: Masterpiece; flawed, but intriguing; or overrated shite
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Who was the lady who saved him when he took off his mask?

The girl who was killed later. She traded her life for his.


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re: Eyes Wide Shut: Masterpiece; flawed, but intriguing; or overrated shite
I’ll put it in the masterpiece category, no regrats.


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Jack Ruby
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re: Eyes Wide Shut: Masterpiece; flawed, but intriguing; or overrated shite
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Guilty pleasure for me. I recognize the flaws but watch it once a year.


Probably best describes my view of it as well. Appreciate it for its artwork, but know it's spotty at times.

I will say though, I enjoy all the conspiracy theories and deep-dive YouTube analyses more than any othe Kubrick movie.


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Navytiger74
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re: Eyes Wide Shut: Masterpiece; flawed, but intriguing; or overrated shite
I watched in on the sly because I was a pent up Christian kid like 18 years ago and my church friends and family were telling me it was the devil.

I didn't get it and thought it was shite. Couldn't even find a scene worth rubbing one out to (which was my original goal).

I haven't revisited it.
This post was edited on 5/15 at 9:33 pm


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re: Eyes Wide Shut: Masterpiece; flawed, but intriguing; or overrated shite
Put it this way, there was no better way for Kubrick to go out than to make a movie that still polarizes and downright confuses audiences to this day.


Jack Ruby
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re: Eyes Wide Shut: Masterpiece; flawed, but intriguing; or overrated shite
I think it's far more polarizing even than something like 2001, which, if you do enough research and watch it enough, is actually pretty straight forward...just muted and a little cryptic.

Eyes wide shut, though. Is a total fricking mystery still. You can convince yourself that nearly every single line of dialogue means something else.


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re: Eyes Wide Shut: Masterpiece; flawed, but intriguing; or overrated shite
One of my favorite movies


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