Monday, 3 February 2014

2001: A Space Odyssey Review (Updated)

2001: A Space Odyssey

Release Date: 1st May 1968 - Australia 

Production Companies
Metro Goldwyn Mayer

Genre: Sci-Fi

Rating: G

Runtime: 148 minutes

Budget: $10,120,000

Box Office Gross: $190,000,000 

Plot Summary
The monoliths have been 
watching us. They gave 
us the "evolutionary kick 
in the pants" we needed 
to survive at the Dawn 
of Time. In 1999, we 
discovered a second 
monolith on the moon.. 

Now, in the year 2001, 
the S.S. Discovery and 
its crew, Captains Dave 
Bowman and Frank Poole, 
and their onboard computer, 
HAL-9000, must discover 
what alien force is watching 

Keir Dullea - Dr. Dave Bowman
Dave Lockwood - Dr. Frank Poole
William Sylvester - Dr. 
Heywood R. Floyd
Douglas Rain - HAL 9000 (Voice)
Leonard Roositer - Dr. Andrei 
Margaret Tyzack - Elena
Daniel Ritcher - Chief Man-ape

Special Photographic Effects 
Director/Designer - Stanley 
Screenplay/Based on Novel: 
The Sentinel (Uncredited) - 
Arthur C. Clarke
Production Designers - 
Anthony Masters, Harry 
Lange and Ernest Archer
Makeup - Stuart Freeborn
Director of Photography - 
Geoffrey Unsworth
Choreographer - Daniel Ritcher (Uncredited)
Special Photographic Effects Supervisors - 
Tom Howard, Wally Veevers, Douglas Trumbull
and Con Pederson 
Film Editor - Ray Lovejoy


1969 Academy Awards
Best Effects, Special Visual Effects -
Stanley Kubrick (Won)
Best Director - Stanley Kubrick (Nominated)
Best Writing, Story and Screenplay -
Written Directly for the Screen - Stanley
Kubrick and Arthur C. Clarke (Nominated)
Best Art Direction-Set Decoration -
Anthony Masters, Harry Lange and
Ernest Archer (Nominated)

The year 1968 saw a whole new age for the sci-fi genre of film and two movies where incidentally released before the year when Neil Armstrong explored the moon. These old science-fiction films would be PLANET OF THE APES and 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY. This masterpiece from Stanley Kubrick is an out-of-earth experience of cosmic brilliance. The vision came from the minds of director Kubrick and fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke who had the movie true to the realism of space after astrophysicists had discovered its realities. What makes 2001 even more special is the visuals, minimal dialogue, which establish the film's depth and accomplish an appreciation from the viewers of its stunning film artistry. The other profound aspect of the movie is the concept of mysticism and evolution, to me, it keeps the story in a deep mystery in a profound way. I would imagine another film to explore these same special qualities to be MOON with Sam Rockwell which I have not yet seen.

To make it more masterful, the cinematography is the other ground-breaking feature of 2001 and successfully raises its status. The shots and photography were used as a technique by the director to implicate the underlying themes of space travel, artificial intelligence and evolution. My impression of this film is that it really engages with the viewers to understand what is happening and I feel each person who watches this film will construct a different improbable theory. 

This is one of those trippiest movies that you need to revisit to fully understand the story in its four acts and what makes this film so significant from the rest is that each time you watch it, you take away a new understanding or idea that you originally did not consider. 2001 is a must-see novelty and if you haven't seen it, I would recommend you watch it.

Star rating: (10/10) Best Movie Ever

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