2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

A space flight’s computer system begins displaying alarmingly high levels of artificial intelligence.

I didn’t realize until I watched this film that it has been parodied so many times throughout film and television. I have early memories of this film parodied closely in an episode of the 1990s kids TV show, Recess. Also, the musical score of the film has made its own mark on popular culture, enabling people to recognize Strauss’s music for more than it is here in the film.

At 2 and a half hours long, this film is long. It’s pacing is very slow, and I can imagine it was probably very confusing to those who watched it during its original run. I really don’t know what Kubrick was trying to achieve because at times this comes across as an art film which I don’t think was the intention. It’s strange watching a film where there is no dialogue during the first and last 25 minutes each end of the film. Perhaps I get distracted easily, who knows?

While this isn’t THE BEST FILM EVER OF ALL TIME, EVER, it is still certainly an interesting film in itself, given my reasons mentioned above. The HAL 9000 computer also came across as very eerie, even years later when the idea of artificial intelligence is a much nearer possibility.

While I didn’t adore this film, it was certainly worth watching a film which has made such a mark on film and popular culture.

MY RATING: **** / *****




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