You have to be a big Kubrick fan to appreciate Eyes Wide Shut. I am one and did not like it the first couple times, but there is alot to sink you teeth into with that one.
I actually am a big Kubrick fan, which is probably why I was disappointed in this movie. I recall reading somewhere that Kubrick himself wasn't very satisfied with his work on this one.
Took me a couple of tries to like 2001: A Space Odyssey but I eventually grew to like that. Not the same on this one for some reason. For what it's worth, The Shining and Full Metal Jacket are among my favorite movies of all time.
I'm following you though and may even give it one more try as a result of this.