I finally got around to watching the movie last night because I’ve been slowly getting through the Kubrick catalog even though he’s not one of my favorites but he has his merit and his ways.
And any film maker who is as meticulous and perfectionist as he is deserves to be watched. And Eyes Wide Shut took 400 days to shoot. That’s not even including post-production and everything else. I can now understand why he didn’t pump out movies like Woody Allen. He was too engulfed and swallowed up by details to do that.
And Eyes Wide Shut is no exception. It’s very intense and silly in the ways that Kubrick is known for. It’s like he knew this would be his last film, so he went hog wild with it. He created New York in London because he hates traveling and he probably chose the names of all the shops on the sets and all the signs in the windows of those shops and the street names and everything.
But I wanted to talk about the censorship of the movie. I viewed the censored version that was created for the MPAA that has, in the scenes at the orgy that Tom Cruise’s character goes to, people digitally placed in front of the more graphic simulated acts. You can tell that they were placed after the final cut and everything because they’re still and poorly done and they do not fit with the flow of everything else. It’s as if they did it intentionally to make you realize that there’s something going on and these goddam people shouldn’t be here to ruin it. Like Tom Cruise’s character. These digitally added people are the ones who showed up in taxis in a rented tuxedo.
And that’s why I hate the ratings system. At times you begin to stop seeing the director’s vision of the writer’s script and you start seeing what the censor’s idea of the scene should be. Are children going to be seeing this movie if it’s rated R? Hell no. Adults are. It’s a fucking Stanley Kubrick film. Nicole Kidman is half-naked in the one-sheet. Parents will know. So why do they censor R-rated films? Why is there even NC-17 but to send films into a nameless oblivion?
It’s fucking stupid. Plain and simple. Most people have already lost their virginity by age 17 so what’s a little bit of simulated sex going to hurt their integrity? It’s frustrating. I can barely even put into words the sort of frustration and madness that the MPAA brings into my mind. It is a broken system and it needs to be rebuilt. That’s about it. Everything else is a red haze right now. I’m gonna go take an elephant tranquilizer or two to calm me down now.