Buckle up boys and girls as for this week’s review we are off to space, which is where I am sure many of us wish we could blast off to based on many current events, and this was one hell of a ride! 2001: A Space Odyssey is most definitely epic.
The 1968 Stanley Kubric sci-fi film has been on my list forever as it is often featured in the top 100 movies and has been called the greatest sci-fi film of all time. I am a huge sci-fi fan, give me a film that leaves me having an existential crisis and I am sold. So I was very excited to sit down and watch it.
The story spans over a huge time frame. A mysterious black object that is thought to be alien is discovered and leads to a secret mission to Jupiter. The ship’s state of the art computer system begins displaying strange behavior and we end up on a journey through space and time.
What I found interesting straight away was it was not what I expected. Current sci-fi films, like most current blockbuster films, are big and flashy and generally fast paced, leaving no time for dreaded boredom from the audience. But this film from the start was slow, mesmerizing and beautiful, but very slow.
Film is a visual medium and this film really explores this concept. The long sequences showing the ship docking, the control rooms and the planets are amazing to watch. The colours of the film especially stuck out for me, they are vibrant and striking. And there are so many iconic images throughout. The red space suits against white corridors, the huge space stations, the red of HALS eye constantly watching.
The imagination behind this film is mind blowing. Every detail, object and way to control things is so well thought out and surprising. There is a wonderful section where a flight attendant on the ship walks very slowly up and then in a complete circle as she changes direction in zero gravity wearing shoes that stick to the floor. We are left to just watch this process and it is so gratifying to see this play out.
Music for me is one of the most important aspects of a film. It controls the audience’s reactions to what they are seeing on such a fundamental level and playing with this can create many different outcomes. Kubrick commissioned Alex North to write an original score and was using the classical pieces heard in the movie while he worked on it, but they worked so well he decided to keep them and scrapped the score. Seeing the majestic movements of the spacecrafts to the huge orchestral pieces adds to the epic feel of this film.
This movie is incredible. My only sadness is not seeing it in a cinema as it’s a grand, beautiful poetic film that should be seen on a huge screen. It allows the audience to quietly watch and experience, it allows you to take in each moment and go on an epic journey across time and space. This movie is what movies are made for. It is by far not like other blockbusters you will watch and it is definitely not going to be to everyone’s taste, but I recommend going into it with an open mind, because if you do you will be rewarded with a truly awe inspiring experience.
I give this a Robs Review rating of 5 out of 5! Boom!
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Fun Fact: Kubrick attempted to take out an insurance policy to protect him in case aliens were discovered before the film was released and therefore make it obsolete.
Sum It Up In A Pretentious Line: Kubrick suggests that humanity controls its own fate through our slow development into a greater, more evolved species.