This movie feels like those old stale hard candies that grannies always have with them. They aren't really tasty, and they have some aftertaste that is unpleasant, but when you are in need, anything will do.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I am in awe of how smart this movie is. I'd be deeply surprised if any Kubrick manages to surpass this one in terms of quality.
Kubrick is a director that makes his true meaning known not through dialogue or story - but through visuals. This film itself can be viewed as a mask; just like the ones present in it. The sex, jealousy, paranoia masking the true motifs of the film - money, power, elitism and capitalism.
Really great score.
Solid premise, although I figured out the twist in the first half hour of the film.
Great performances and cast.
But... it's fucking Scorsese man. His direction choices really rub me the wrong way. Some scenes, which I thought would have been very visually strong with other directors, felt very mediocre. I don't enjoy his style, I'm trying to see the mass appeal and I cannot possibly.
This film's strongest point is the plot... which it owes to the book.