2001: A Space Odyssey
Action / Adventure / Mystery / Sci-Fi
2001: A Space Odyssey
Action / Adventure / Mystery / Sci-Fi
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"2001" is a story of evolution. Sometime in the distant past, someone or something nudged evolution by placing a monolith on Earth (presumably elsewhere throughout the universe as well). Evolution then enabled humankind to reach the moon's surface, where yet another monolith is found, one that signals the monolith placers that humankind has evolved that far. Now a race begins between computers (HAL) and human (Bowman) to reach the monolith placers. The winner will achieve the next step in evolution, whatever that may be. —Larry Cousins.
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Aug 15, 2021 at 06:35 PM
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How do you put statistics on this one? This isn't measurable, because this is the art of human at its most daring and uncompromising state.I felt bad in the end of the film because I was thinking of what a talent Kubrick was, because of the way he changed cinema and because of how much he has influenced filmmakers, and it seems that everybody takes that for granted. They don't take it for granted really, but it sure feels like that because no matter how much you talk about Kubrick's talent and his achievements, it will never be enough to match his ingenuity, his knack for originality and so on.Inception it's a fantastic film, it destroyed ratings and blew everyone away when it came out, but think of how much Nolan borrowed from other films on it. You see "parts" of Paprika in it and you even see "parts" of 2001 in it as well. And I'm not saying that it was a piece of cake making a movie like Inception, because although Nolan did borrowed a lot, he did a great job at attaching and orchestrating everything in the right way. But when Kubrick made 2001 the world had never seen nothing like it before, there is sheer originality and imagination in it and it all came from inside of Kubrick, and I can't find the right word to describe what does that mean, especially because of the time of when it was made. And no matter how many directors will try to imitate him, they will never come close on reaching him, it's as if they follow him on Facebook and he comes out on Twitter - one of a kind.When you think of all of the great directors, Hitchcock, Fellini, Kurosawa and others, you would notice that the type of films they made were very similar. What I admire about Kubrick is that every movie he made was so different from each other, and they were all masterpieces. You can't find a more diverse director than him, always extending himself, playing with the genres like they were his yo-yos - he doesn't make the other directors feel in awe of him, he makes them wear diapers. He was such a virtuoso, always challenging himself on doing something new, and he did it with an ungodly artfulness and that makes him in my eyes the greatest director that ever lived.Filmmakers are storytellers, they 'tell' stories. In 2001 Kubrick decides not to tell, he goes even further and instead of telling he 'shows'. That's the reason why a lot of people find 2001 an empty film, because when you don't tell but show, you do not give away your point of view, therefor there is not a message for people to absorb it directly, they have to figure it out on their own. And this remands me of a great quote I read during my university days, "The best teachers are those who show you where to look, but don't tell you what to see. ", and that's exactly what Kubrick did with 2001.2001 it's his most superlative work, a film for the ages. All of his films are amazing but with this one he had the audacity to break boundaries of film and he did it in such a poetic way, for one to just watch and admire.
Ahead of its time but...
I felt the need to review this movie after reading some reviews from other users, simply because I agreed with all. Those who love it, those who hate it, those who enjoyed it, all of them. And the reason is simple: everything they say makes sense to me. I watched the movie for the first time about 10 years ago, and watched it again last night. It still doesn't make perfect sense to me. I mean, the story is absent, the characters don't really get through you, and the ending...who gets that ending?? #SPOILERS# BELOWThe end makes no sense to me... The psychedelic travel, the space child... Maybe I'm just plain stupid, but spending two and a half hours looking at space, slooowww space, and in the end just watch a man in bed, then a baby in a bubble, no explanations, no nothing... Truly, if someone got it and has the hability to explain it to me without calling it "art" or whatever, simply explain it to me, I would be very thankful, not kidding. Maybe that way I would be able to enjoy it next time I watch it, maybe ten years from now.That been said, why would I rate it a 7...? I believe when I watch a movie for the first time, I should put myself at the time, the era, the social paradigm, the movie was released. And this movie is cleary ahead of its time. Note, that I am talking about the visual effects, and the general idea of the movie. This movie clearly marked an era, a filmmaker, visual effects and the idea of what space was like. For that it deserves a high rating, maybe the highest. Not to mention the hype the movie STILL causes. We still can't reach an understanding...is it a masterpiece, is it overrated. The only way to really be able to discuss it and form your own opinion is to watch it, so the movie reaches its goal: to be watched and debated. A blockbuster rarely does this, we just watch them to get some good action scenes, visual effects, whatever, but when a filmmaker creates a movie that creates hype, controversy and most importantly, a vision of the future, he is creating a cult movie...a classic. To sum up, as I said in the beginning, when i read people calling it a classic, a masterpiece, I have to agree, but I also agree with those who say its overrated and boring...For me both sentences are true.
Leaves the Viewer Thinking for Weeks on End
2001: A Space Odyssey is my favourite film of all time for simply one reason: the ending. Kubrick's ambiguous finish to this suspenseful trip will leave you debating and theorising its purpose for a long time.Further positive aspects include its eerie score and music throughout (notably at the beginning), the visually pleasing aesthetic, and contrastingly the use of silence to truly prove that "no one can hear you scream in space."I strongly recommend watching this film in a dark room with no distractions in order to achieve the full cinematic experience, and hopefully it will not disappoint.
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