2001: A Space Odyssey

2001: A Space Odyssey ★★★★★

I'm sorry, Dave. I'm afraid I can't do that.

Perfect. Just as mysterious as the black monolith. It might just be me, but you can really feel the influence of Arthur C. Clarke all throughout this - the ambiguity, the themes of not being quite so alone as we like to think in the universe and the meticulously crafted future very much remind me of 'Rendezvous with Rama', my favourite of his.

Definitely a perfect combination between Kubrick's and Clarke's genius, this is the sort of film where you could stare at each individual frame for hours just appreciating the artistry of them. The camerawork as well is genius, especially in Act 3 and 4 - twisting and turning without regard for earthly notions of up or down, emphasising the complete disorientation of space where direction is arbitrary, meaningless. And the four act structure! The iconic match cut! The classical score! HAL!

Yeah. It's all flawless. Time to go try (and fail) to decode it's endless mysteries now. Wish me luck!

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