Eyes Wide Shut (1999)
Thursday, December 8, 2022
With Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, Todd Field
Rated R, 149 minutes, Blu-Ray
Perhaps with a somewhat loose interpretation, Eyes Wide Shut belongs in the bin of Christmas romance movies with its almost direct inversion of the standard Hallmark yuletide wedding narrative.
A New York City doctor (Tom Cruise) learns his wife (Nicole Kidman, his then-IRL-wife) fantasizes about being with another man. That divulgence motivates Dr. Hartford to seek out his own in-Fidelio in Gotham's lux underbelly, where his odyssey lands him further and further out of his depth.
Kubrick's last solo-directed film, Eyes Wide Shut received mixed reviews, but Kubrick's pride over the film has come to meet and match an audience appreciation that has steadily climbed in the last two decades.
Sponsored by the Meg and John P. Brogan Endowment for Classic Cinema.