Review: 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

Written and Directed By: Stanley Kubrick

Staring: Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood, William Sylvester, Daniel Richtor, Leonard Rossiter, and Margaret Tyzack

1001 Movie Club Rating: 9/10

I am putting myself to the fullest possible use, which is all I think that any conscious entity can ever hope to do. -HAL

Review

I might be a fan of the raunchy comedy, movies where shit gets blown up, but science fiction is where my heart lies.  I’m even okay with a vapid entertaining science fiction film, but every now and again there is something far deeper and more exciting than action, special effects, and excitement.  Kubrick went beyond this with 2001: A Space Odyssey and achieved what I still feel is a piece of art in the film world.

2001 is and always will be a controversial film as far as it’s legitimacy is concerned, but I still feel like whether it’s appreciated or not, it should be respected for breaking through barriers that so many films hadn’t.  The lack of dialogue and the incredibly beautiful imagery capturing the vastness of space, and using simplicity to capture the very important inquiries about evolution, where man has been, where man is, and where man is going.  The very surprising aspect the story takes is the introduction to technology, Dr. Bowman, and the all important HAL.

The most villainous computerized space traveler save one is without a doubt Hal 9000.  The slow progression into his terrifying deception and rational cruelty is the “X” factor that really propels the second half of 2001: A Space Odyssey.  The creepy feel of the solitude of space is perfectly contrasted by the even colder companion of Hal 9000, the most frightening computer in space.

In the midst of the visual canopy produced, the eerie vastness of space time, is the remarkable score that haunts the back round.  Insanely beautifully and undoubtedly the heart that pumps the proverbial blood throughout, the soundtrack has a massive impact on this crazed film.

When it comes to movies, this is one of the few that were inspiring enough to make me wish I had made the choices in my life that would have allowed me to make movies, so I could have my own immortal masterpiece.  2001 is not for everyone, and will forever be subject to arguments, but in my book it’s one of the films that changed the way I looked at film, and more importantly the way I appreciate film.  This for me, it is Kubrick’s masterpiece, and one of the most important movies ever made.

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