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2001: A Space Odyssey back to product details

Class by itself
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written by Texan99 September 5, 2010 - 1:09 PM PDT
Made from a story so slight that its 100-word synopsis would serve as a throwaway prologue to any respectable piece of real science fiction, this film takes off from its (largely irrelevant) source like a rocket. The director's famous emotional distance from his characters goes beyond clinical or chilly; it's as if he were viewing them from the perspective of a neighboring galaxy. That is, of course, except when it comes to the poignant A.I. HAL, whose brief story arc is one of the most economical evocations of inescapable dread and sadness I've ever experienced. "I can feel it. I can feel it." I've been watching this movie since I saw it open at the age of 13 forty years ago. It bypasses all my usual brain functions and hits me straight in the gut. I do miss Mr. Kubrick.

One of the most fabulous flicks you'll ever see
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written by toddandsteph January 15, 2007 - 8:40 PM PST
2 out of 3 members found this review helpful
Yet another of the flicks I hadn't seen that I really should've had my ass kicked for. I finished this last night around midnight, and I can't get it out of my head. The film's criticized a lot for being slow and too abstract, but when you sit down and actually examine all that goes on in the movie, you really end up listing quite a bit for a flick that's not even 2 and a half hours long. The script is meticulous, inoculating the rather simplistic story with so many heavy themes that I'll bet I'll have to see the movie about 10 more times before I finally can comprehend it all. However, as much as I value the well-written and ambiguous subject matter, that is not where my praise is concentrated. Where my praise is concentrated is on the immense technical achievements of this flick. Knowing who directed this gave me an idea of the prowess I'd observe, but nothing I've seen of Kubrick's could've prepared me for this. The compositions, effect shots, editing, sound design, everything. It's all so flawless and tasteful for the story at hand that it really leads you to understand why he'd be such a damn perfectionist (although I don't think he'd come close to this amount of achievement again). The last half-hour of this movie is one of the most progressive things I've seen in a film, and I hope that someday I can experience this sequence on the big screen. The acting is sufficient and to task, but like the writing, is rendered a bit less important in regard to the film's technical achievements. I've never seen a movie that SOUNDS like this one does. From the beautiful/haunting music that permeates to the breathing in the spacewalk sequences to the dizzying squeal that comes forth from the Monolith on the moon, the sound design adds as much to the film as the amazing visuals do. If someone could achieve this much in the 60s, why the hell are people using CG now? Surely, if such beauty and advancement are possible, making a man ride a stupid dragon couldn't be that hard. I think volumes could be written about this movie. I've already spent my emotions pouring over it, and I haven't even touched the ideas brought forth about God, the nature of man, the nature of technology, the possibilities of artificial intelligence (which is more pertinent now than it was then), and the wonder of the world beyond our reach. This is an absolute essential classic, and I urge anyone wayward like I was to see it because if some tragic accident should take your life, you'd be missing one of the greatest things any artist could offer. Kubrick really topped everything else of his I've seen with this film, and it's going to be hard to watch anything else of his without comparing it to the majesty that is 2001: A Space Odyssey. An absolutely certain ***** out've *****

-Todd

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