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Classic Film Review: 2001: A Space Odyssey

Title: 2001: A Space Odyssey

Date: 1968

MPAA: G

Director: Stanley Kubrick

Starring: William Sylvester, Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood,  Douglas Rain

Synopsis: An imposing black structure provides a connection between the past and the future in this adaptation of a short story by sci-fi author Arthur C. Clarke.

Review: 2001: A Space Odyssey is an absolute masterpiece and a must watch. Anyone interesting in studying film must view this. This is truly one of the greatest motion pictures of all time. Stanley Kubrick, who is considered one of the greatest directors of all time, goes all out in this film. His genius and perfectionism is on full display here.

There is no denying that the average movie watcher might find this film very boring or confusing. Kubrick’s pace for this film is very slow, but his main focus is not thrilling us, but inspiring us in admiration. This film has some of the best special effects ever put to film. 2001: A Space Odyssey is so realistic. From the space shuttles (interior and exterior), to the stars and planets, this film really gives you the feel that you are in space with these characters, and the fact that it was made in 1968 is just MIND BLOWING. This was before the use of CGI in film, and a year before the first official manned mission on the moon which took place in 1969. So the fact that the people responsible for making this really had no criteria for how space looked, and had to hand make everything that we see makes you really appreciate this even more. This is why it stands on top among not only the greatest science fiction films in general, but among some of the greatest movies ever.

For anyone reading this and wanting to watch this film for the first time, I implore you not to turn off this film because of the opening Dawn of Man sequence. Yes, it is very strange, and yes there is absolutely no dialogue for the first 25 minutes in this film, but it is very important to the overall story and message. You have to watch this movie as a whole to really appreciate it. Human evolution and human consciousness are key themes in this film among many other things. This film is very thought-provoking and ambiguous, but you cannot criticize the film for that. You should appreciate it for making you think, because very few films today do so.

Overall, this film is a must watch for movie lovers and one of the best movies ever made period. It has some amazing scenes and moments throughout, and has inspired many science fiction classics since (Star Wars and Alien for example). The score in this film is iconic, and also the character HAL 9000. After watching this, it really makes you wonder how Kubrick and his associates made it. The use of tangible, hand-made models for the effects really makes everything seem more real and was way ahead of its time. The effects gave Stanley Kubrick his only Academy Award, which is insane, but there is no question he deserved it. This film might have taken place in 2001, but it still feels like a futuristic movie to this day, and is as relevant as it’s ever been. This is one of the greatest films ever and is currently available to watch instantly on Netflix for free!!

 

 

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