2001: A Space Odyssey

2001: A Space Odyssey ★★★★★

“It’s not that 2001 so much broke the rules of cinema... it didn’t even acknowledge the rules existed.” - Christopher Nolan

2001: A Space Odyssey begins from the birth of the universe and dawn of men, and after primates learn what is a tool and a weapon from Monolith, 2001: A Space Odyssey skips thousands and thousands of years when people already started discovering cosmos (it's the longest flash-forward in the history of the cinema). Later the sequence on the moon repeats the previous encounter with Monolith; Homo sapiens just like primates are curious about its origin. And as the first encounter led us to the discovery of tools, the second one leads us to the creation of artificial life, HAL 9000. After the encounter with Monolith, the movie cuts to the shot of the spaceship Discovery (which looks a lot like a bone) with HAL on its board.

Life on Discovery is presented as a routine of daily exercices and maintenance. The only thing that changes everything is when the astronauts starts to fear that HAL has a glitch and decide to deactive it in one of the greatest scenes ever where they find a private place where HAL couldn't hear them but they didn't think that he could read lips. To say that the way Kubrick edits and directs tis scene is would a great understatement of his brilliant work. After that HAL tries to terminate them explaining that he decided so because "This mission is too important for me to allow you to jeopardize it." but in reality he was afraid of dying just like the astronauts.

Later on we see the legendary “star gate'' sequence, a great mix of sound and impressive visuals in which one of the astronauts travels through time and space into another dimension where in a bedroom where he sees an older version of himself eating breakfast. The enviroment around him is familiar to what people on Earth have but at the same there's something alien about it (aside from the older version of the astronaut). It looks like a zoo where Monolith i.e. aliens observing (probably) humans. And then comes the Star Child and very possibly that it represents a higher existence of life but it also kinda/sorta contradicts with human zoo so I don't really know about this one.

Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey is kind of a silent film or even opera with classical academic music playing in the background. Stanley Kubrick and Arthur C. Clarke created a transcendent journey about man's place in the universe, using images and music. And he made in a such way where you can only contemplate, stand outside and just watch what is going to happen next.

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