2001: A Space Odyssey

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2001: A Space Odyssey is a 1968 science fiction film produced and directed by Stanley Kubrick. The screenplay was written by Kubrick and Arthur C. Clarke, and was inspired by Clarke's short story "The Sentinel".

Summary

After discovering a mysterious artifact buried beneath the Lunar surface, mankind sets off on a quest to find its origins with help from intelligent supercomputer H.A.L. 9000.

Why It Rocks

  1. The writing for the movie’s plot is strong.
  2. The pacing is wonderful.
  3. All of the actors performances are outstanding, especially from Keir Dullea and William Sylvester.
  4. The film uses Richard Strauss “Also Sprach Zarathustra” very well.
  5. The cinematography is breathtaking and the camera angles are stunning, even for 1960s standards.
  6. The idea of a group of researchers from the future trying to find the origins of planet Earth is very original.
  7. Amazing soundtrack.
  8. Tons of memorable and well-executed scenes, like the scene where a bunch of apes discover a black monolith or the iconic scene where David becomes a fetus.
  9. Extraordinary accuracy of the Earth and other planets, especially considering it was a time when the only images of Earth from space were low-resolution images instead of ones like the famous Blue Marble.

Reception

Along with Full Metal Jacket, A Clockwork Orange and The Shining, this has become one of Stanley Kubrik’s well-known and highly praised films. It is influentual to many filmmakers, including Christopher Nolan, who restored the movie for its 2018 IMAX reissue.