Making Me Wait
I saw the first screening of Eyes Wide Shut
in Kitchener yesterday. I've only been waiting for 12 years. Well
-- two, really. That's when I first head that Kubrick was making
this film.Was it worth the wait?
Before I answer, I have to confess my biases. One
of the first serious films I remember seeing was 2001: A
Space Odyssey. For me, that's been the canonical form for
movies. I've seen everything Kubrick has made back to Spartacus,
and I don't think there's a bad film in the lot. So I guess what
I'm saying is that in my mind, Kubrick can do no wrong. But what
does he do right? He lets the scene play out. He doesn't cut back
and forth from one thing to another as if he was making a rock
video. He cuts out the chaff. He's not afraid of letting his
actors act. And he doesn't feel compelled to beat me over the
head with some sort of message in his films. If I get something,
I get something. But if I don't have the wherewithal, he's not
going to browbeat me. (Spike Lee: take note.)
Obviously, I am thumping my fist on an electric
lectern here, my robes flying.
You don't have to like Eyes Wide Shut.
As one screening of it ended, a man sitting behind me moaned to
his companion, "There's two and a half hours of my evening wasted."
Pal, you've never had it wasted so well.
Was it worth the wait? Of course it was. I was
entranced for 2 1/2 hours. That's not bad. But I urge you to go
and make up your own mind. Your opinion is as valid as anyone's.
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