Note: Originally written in January 2015
I'm revisiting this movie after a span of about 5 years. The first time I saw it, I was only beginning to warm up to auteur cinema and didn't really feel the greatness of this flick that every other movie website was going gaga about. But on this viewing, damn. Even if one strays away from all the controversy-laden arguments about Kubrick filling up this flick with imagery that depicts at some secret stuff happening out in the world, this film is a masterpiece sheerly from a film making perspective itself. Every episode is deliberately written, paced, shot and edited to feel like a slow act of foreplay that ends in a crescendo followed up by the next episode. The soundtrack ranges between broody to outright terrifying. Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman too are in variable enjoyable levels of ecstatic acting. One can't help but have the feeling that with each successive viewing you'd end up peeling layer after delectable layer in this deftly crafted flick. Enchanted!
Catch more on the flick at IMDB and Letterboxd.
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