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Brigum’s review published on Letterboxd:
This review may contain spoilers.
Honestly, I'm not even sure if I'm supposed to understand what I just watched. 2001: A Space Odyssey just feels like a sort of haze that you watch things happen without knowing exactly what's going on. This is for certain something that people had never seen the likes of before this film was released and I'm not sure that it's something film as a medium has ever really seen in this way since. While watching this film I was leaning back and enjoying the visuals of the film and would sometimes start to doze off in the moments without much sound as Kubrick just shows the serenity of space. It made me think of how this film could be edited into a version without the talking and eery music to be something to sleep to. Upon looking it up after finishing the film I see there are 88 minutes worth of relative silence throughout the movie which proves that this is almost a good movie to sleep to. Saying that sounds like I'm saying this is boring but it's not really that because it is obviously a compelling piece of filmmaking but also lends itself to a certain calmness. I now know why despite hearing people mention this film a bunch I have never been spoiled because there isn't really much to spoil except for HAL's betrayal that is also seen on a more aggressive scale in Wall-E (2008) which is obviously an homage to this film. Learning that this film is the reason "Also Sprach Zarathustra" is used in so many moments in film history was almost mind-blowing to me. This film is quite iconic for good reason and I can't imagine how mindblowing it must have been to see something like this in theaters in 1968. I mean, this was before Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin even stepped foot on the moon which is a crazy perspective to think of. I feel like I'm just rambling about this at this point but I feel like I might need another viewing of this eventually to try and wrap my head around what happens