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2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

aka 2001: A Space Odyssey

"The Ultimate Trip."

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Details: 141 mins · English, Russian · G (USA)

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Uh oh, HAL

I've always enjoyed Kubrick's films, but I have never gotten around to watching this one. I knew in high school, a bunch of my friend's in the English "honors" class were required to read the book and they later watched the movie in class. Of course, all of them claimed it was extremely boring. I can see why. There is not much dialogue in the movie! But, having matured a bit since hearing my friends rave about how "borrrhiiiiiiing" this film is, I decided to watch it for myself. Boy, am I glad for that decision. 2001: A Space Odyssey is one of the most aesthetically pleasing films I have watched in quite some time. Everything seemed to fit together so well. It also told a vivid science fiction story involving evolution without much being said at all. I do think I need to go back and watch the movie again though, because it was hard for me to pick up on a lot of things the first go about.

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A visually stunning and captivating film.

Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey is a visually stunning, ambitious film that tells a captivating tale about life, death, and what it means to be human. Its narrative is sprawling and its pace is deliberate, however the movie is still engaging because of the dual atmosphere that Kubrick crafts. The movie simultaneously inspires awe with its thunderous score, while also chilling you to the bone with its protracted silences in the cold, unforgiving vacuum of space. Although some of its predictions about technology are a bit dated, 2001’s groundbreaking special effects are impressive today not only for what they accomplished with technology in the late 1960s, but because of how well they still hold up almost 50 years later. The only real negative about 2001, is that it becomes full of itself in its final 30 minutes. That part of the film crawls as Kubrick continues to push visual boundaries and achieve new heights. It’s there that his narrative becomes too ...(more)

Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey is a visually stunning, ambitious film that tells a captivating tale about life, death, and what it means to be human. Its narrative is sprawling and its pace is deliberate, however the movie is still engaging because of the dual atmosphere that Kubrick crafts. The movie simultaneously inspires awe with its thunderous score, while also chilling you to the bone with its protracted silences in the cold, unforgiving vacuum of space. Although some of its predictions about technology are a bit dated, 2001’s groundbreaking special effects are impressive today not only for what they accomplished with technology in the late 1960s, but because of how well they still hold up almost 50 years later. The only real negative about 2001, is that it becomes full of itself in its final 30 minutes. That part of the film crawls as Kubrick continues to push visual boundaries and achieve new heights. It’s there that his narrative becomes too self-indulgent, steeping itself too heavily in heady hallucinations that seem to scream, “Look what I can do! Aren’t I cool?” The final slog is worth dealing with though since 2001 is such an amazing and engrossing journey as a whole. (less)

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Cast:

Small Dr. Dave Bowman
No_movie_poster HAL 9000 (voice)
Small Dr. Frank Poole
Small Dr. Heywood R. Floyd
No_movie_poster Moon-Watcher
Small Dr. Andrei Smyslov
Small Elena
Small Dr. Ralph Halvorsen
No_movie_poster Dr. Bill Michaels
Small Mission Controller (voice)
No_movie_poster Astronaut
Small Aries-1B Lunar Shuttle Captain
Small Astronaut
No_movie_poster Poole's Father
No_movie_poster Poole's Mother
Small Ape
No_movie_poster Rachael "Squirt" Floyd
Small

Crew:

Small Stanley Kubrick Producer
Small Arthur C. Clarke Novel
No_movie_poster Geoffrey Unsworth Director of Photography
No_movie_poster Ray Lovejoy Editor
No_movie_poster H.L. Bird Sound mixer
No_movie_poster Winston Ryder Sound Editor
No_movie_poster Victor Lyndon Producer
No_movie_poster Brian Johnson Special Effects
No_movie_poster Les Bowie Special Effects
Small Stanley Kubrick Director
Small Stanley Kubrick Other
Small Arthur C. Clarke Story Contributor
Small Stanley Kubrick Story Contributor

Taglines:

"The Ultimate Trip."

"An epic drama of adventure and exploration."

Plot:

The film consists of four major sections, all of which, except the second, are introduced by superimposed titles.

Release Dates:

Theatrical : 1968-04-06 : United States of America

DVD : 1998-08-25

DVD : 2007-10-23