A mysterious black monolith encountered by our prehistoric past leaps millennia and connects to a future of colonised space. Where astronaut Bowman is about to explore uncharted territory. A poetic meditation on technology and humanity adapted from a story by the revered Arthur C. Clarke.
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For those still unconvinced of its greatness, see it on the big screen. Find out where it's showing in the world, get on a plane, buy your tickets and and wallow in its genius - one of life's great experiences.
For as great as the HAL 9000 part of this legendary film might be I find myself always drawn towards the dawn of man sequence for it's stark colors, freakish sound and for it's portrayal of a past that feels so raw and oddly surreal. This is a film that's pointless to review. I could give it 0 stars and yet it won't stop anyone from watching. It's too iconic, original and influential to avoid watching. So....Watch it
It still holds up remarkably well after a couple of views. It's a cryptic, timeless, incredibly ambitious and visually outstanding journey from the beginning of Time to the Future. A true masterpiece, greater than its "sci-fi" label. For me, only Terrence Malick's "The Tree of Life" has pulled off something similar, but with a more emotional and poetic approach.
The first time I ever saw the abstract, kaleidoscope space passage sequence, I remember staring at the screen for minutes thinking "this is one of the coolest things I've ever seen." If anyone ever asks you what's so great about 70mm films, show them 2001.
One of the space early space movies that has aged better, with an outstanding cinematography, unforgatable scenes, breathtaking athmosphere and a quite original screenplay. Part of what made this film special could be explained by the colaboration between sci-fi author Arthur C. Clark and director Stanley Kubrick. Both wrote it together, producing an artwork a lot more interesting than book-to-film adapations are.
Could someone explain what the hell the last 20 minutes was all about, I got that he went into the monolith and he went through the time thing but what the hell was up with the room onward. I understand he got older and older but WHAT THE HELL. Anyhow, five stars, this is a fantastic film nonetheless.
What I really like about 2001 - besides the transcendence of humanity - is how Kubrick roots human evolution in the necessity for violence, and how he skips thousands of years worth of civilizations with a similar summary: animals kill animals.
If one were to choose the greatest "cinematic" film of all time, there is no contest. It's this film. 2001 is a gargantuan, beautiful, esoteric, miraculous film, with workmanship that is more akin to bona-fide illusion and magic than camerawork and special effects. The only film that comes close to this cinematic monster is The Tree Of Life, but 2001 was decades ahead of its time.
This is cinema.