The rants and raves of a teenage cinephile who is just a little bit obsessed with Catherine O'Hara and Hayao Miyazaki.

Friday, April 16, 2010

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

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"2001: A Space Odyssey" is a film whose reputation precedes itself. It's on countless Best of All Time lists, it's endlessly parodied, and the title itself seems to be a household name. Movies like this are sort of unlucky - they have to live up to their glorious reputations, which is difficult. Many fail under the weight of their expectations. However, "2001" lives up to its impressive reputation, and then some.

"2001" is an epic science fiction tale that is separated into 4 parts. In part 1, we have "The Dawn of Man", in Part 2, we have an interesting chapter about interspace politics, in Part 3, we have the really famous bulk of the movie, in which two astronauts are on a mission to Jupiter and their computer goes awry, and then Part 4...cannot even really be described.

I personally find every single moment of this film to be brilliant. It's remarkably imaginative and the symbolism is very intriguing. Stanley Kubrick is obviously a genius. He allows scenes to drag on, but it's completely necessary and absolutely not too long. One of my favorite things about the movie was the use of music - the classical soundtrack of Ligeti and Strauss just enhance every single scene and add an overwhelming sense of majesty to the entire film.

One thing I did not expect (but was pleasantly surprised with) was how frightening and emotional the film was. Hal is just so creepy, and his "Daisy, Daisy" scene was just heartwrenching. Also, the fact that everything has a sense of malaise to it - the monkeys, the monolith, the "epidemic" in space...everything builds up to create this tension that really drives the entire movie.

And, finally, the visual effects were brilliant. I feel that even in today's world of CGI and 3D, I was still completely convinced by them.

Gosh, words cannot really describe my love for this film. It has been so long since I've seen a movie that is as mind-bending, entertaining, thought-provoking and intelligent as this one. I don't think I was half as awestruck during "Avatar"! So, if you haven't seen it yet, GO DO SO, RIGHT AWAY. Not only is it a classic, but it's freaking amazing.

10/10

(the first perfect score!)

3 comments:

  1. Everything about this film is enigmatic. Why does Kubrick want us to be creeped the eff out in some instances? No idea. What does the end mean? Couldn't tell you. It's the perfect discussion piece. I can't wait to see this on the big screen sometime.

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  2. uh, this one needs to be seen again... Definitely a classic from what I remember. and veeeery cool.

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  3. Its a film that will test your comfort zone, especially when it comes movie viewing. But, it is one of the most influential sci-fi films of all-time, and brings up great questions about a universe we may never know about. Check out my review here: http://dtmmr.wordpress.com/2010/06/22/2001-a-space-odyssey-1968/ Nice Review!

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