2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
There aren’t many movies in this world that after I finish watching I say to myself, “What the hell did I just watch?” 2001: A Space Odyssey is exactly one of those movies. Usually in this first paragraph of our reviews we give a synopsis of the movie and some brief plot elements, however, it is VERY HARD for me to try to come up with what this movie is about. I can say with confidence that this movie is a work of ART that is not of this world (HAHA – Get it?). In the simplest of ways, 2001 is broken down into 4 parts. The beginning is the “Dawn of Man” where we see monkeys acting all crazy and fighting with each other for whatever reason. The 2nd part is where we are introduced to Dr. Heywood Floyd (William Sylvester) and the wondrous technological advances that are able to get him to the moon (and how director Stanley Kubrick thought Pam Am would still be around HA). The 3rd part is the most famous which introduces astronauts David Bowman (Keir Dullea) and Frank Poole (Gary Lockwood) along with computer mainframe HAL 9000 (voiced by Douglas Rain). HAL 9000 is the A.I. who eventually tries to kill off the crew because of a mistake and leads to the famous quote, “Open the pod bay door please, HAL” with HAL’s reply “I can’t do that, Dave.” Part 4 ends the movie with Dave having a 30 minute psychedelic trip though space that has no plot. At this point of the movie you are so lost and confused that you just space out. Stanley Kubrick (The Shinning, Eyes Wide Shut, Full Metal Jacket) constructed a movie in 1968 that no one had ever seen the likes of before. It was the most impressive views of space anyone had seen in a movie and the special effects were awesome. In fact, many people say that Kubrick went so far as to make a movie “symphony” with different “movements” rather than to make a normal film. To most people, this new type of movie was something they simply “didn’t get,” but to the hippies who wanted to “make love not war” this was refreshing and new. I personally wouldn’t have this movie at #15 on the AFI Top 100 list due to its “WTF” aspects, but it was a huge deal in the 1960s and it paved the way for many movies after. It’s hard for me to truly give my opinion because I don’t know what exactly I saw, but I know that it wasn’t total garbage and for that, it wasn’t a total waste of my time. It’s just really really strange!
5/10 Stars – I have no idea what I watched, but I can tell you it was artistic and long. You WILL have an opinion after watching!
2001: A Space Odyssey is an epic film, but an epic film about what I am not quite sure. Stanley Kubrick has a knack for making films I just don’t understand. Yet they seem to be quite popular, so really I think it’s just me. That being said I can appreciate the beauty and complexity of 2001: A Space Odyssey. There are parts of the film that are exquisite with their music and slow motion cinematography. The best part of the whole film for me was HAL, the super computer who attempts and partially succeeds in murdering the crew of the deep space ship. This portion of the film is actually rather entertaining and unlike the rest is completely understandable. It is only a small piece of the movie however and therefore doesn’t help the overall film to the degree where it makes the whole thing enjoyable and one you would want to watch more than just the once. Despite its place on the AFI T0p 100, which I heartily disagree with, this isn’t a film I would recommend to anyone for their viewing pleasure. That is a right reserved for hard-core movie buffs and stoners.
5/10 Stars – Epic can be good or bad, this was closer to bad than good. Can’t even tell what it was about. My mind is still trying to figure it out, but then maybe that is the point.
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