Director: Stanley Kubrick
Starring: Tom Cruise, Nichole Kidman, Sidney Pollack.
The acting really is top notch, with Cruise bearing the brunt of the responsibility, while Kidman plays more of a secondary role (and for the majority of her on screen time, she is under the influence of some sort of mind altering drug). The supporting roles are all extremely well done, especially that of Victor Zeigler, whose worldly demeanor lends his character the sense of respect it needs.
As always, Kubrick's direction is visually stunning. Set in the gaudy lights of Christmas and the dark shadows of the night in New York City, each of the films scenes manage to take on a power of their own, creating a connected but not quite progressing story. This strange structure resembles that of a dream: You don't know where you are going and you don't remember where you came from. One scene you will remember is the "orgy" scene, which I won't bother ruining with any sort of description.
Kubrick is tackling new ground with this story of psychological sex. It has often been noted that Cruise and Kidman have no on-screen chemistry, but I think this was intentional. This is a story about sex of the mind, not the body. While neither Bill nor Alice physically cheat on each other during the course of the movie, the desire to cheat was there. They cheated in their mind, but not their bodies. By the end of the movie, they have both confessed to these "affairs" and are ready to move on.
I would have preferred the more suspenseful aspects of the story to have been played up a bit more. There were a few things I thought were lacking, namely Bill's apparent acceptance of Victor's explanation of the events of the past few days. I would rather have left things more ambiguous. The movie is still entertaining to watch though, especially given that all of the film's events center around cheating in the mind and not suspense (though some added suspense would have been nice).
Did you notice:
Stanley Kubrick's cameo sitting at a table in the cafe where Nick's band plays.
The password "fidelio" that Bill uses to gain entrance to the Mansion comes from the Latin "fidelis," meaning "faithful." Fidelio also refers to Beethoven's only opera...
Do you think Victor Zeigler's version of events was true?
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