The movie 2001: A Space Odyssey has had it’s share of publicity and repute. When it premiered in 1968, many celebrities and people walked out during the 160 minute screening, leading director Stanley Kubrick to delete a considerable amount of footage from the film. And what was finally released was a masterpiece. With astounding visual effects and production design, combined with great classical music and wicked camera work, 2001 has been hailed as one of the greatest movies of all time. I agree.
2001 has a prelude and an entr’acte, which is quite a remarkable decision on the part of Kubrick. It sets the tone for the movie, and it is eerie and suspenseful. Kubrick then moves on to the famous “Dawn of Man” sequence where he sets up many landscape shots of the beginning of time, which looks beautiful. Kubrick, being a master, takes a slow pace in this movie, for obvious reasons. The impact that happens suddenly in this movie is great in “The Dawn of Man” sequence. He also uses the classical piece “Thus Spoke Zarathustra” which is awe-inspiring in the opening of the movie. “The Blue Danube” is the other classical piece made famous in the movie, where a space ship floats in space to meet the Space Station, and then goes to the moon. The pace of the sequence is timed just right with the music.
The thing with 2001 is that you can’t describe it as well as you could without the spoilers. You need all the details to explain what it’s like. And so, I don’t wanna spoil the fun and grandeur for those who haven’t seen it. Though the movie was released in 1968, it looks amazing, and it’s a wonder watching the actors float in space.
The character HAL has been mentioned in the recent animated movie Wall-E, and truly, the HAL 9000 is a formidable villain. The way it is overpowered is a suspenseful scene, while it sings the only song it knows. Another scene that is great is the lst one, when the last astronaut arrives at Jupiter and the famous Star Gate sequence occurs. This sequence has one of the best visual effects I’ve seen and ends in a magnificently shot scene, where the Star Child is born. I can’t comment on the acting, because it does the job, but 2001 will always be known for it’s technical aspects, because it changed sci-fi forever.