2001: A Space Odyssey

2001: A Space Odyssey ★★★★★

Saw this back in the 70's, when I was a wee child, on a big screen at a revival house. Was kind of bored, didn't get it.

Flash forward 40 or so years - Regal was showing it in IMAX (I missed the 70mm print at the Cinerama Dome a few months ago) and I was rewarded with no trailers, an Overture, an Intermission, and "The End" followed by 5 minutes of blank screen and the beautiful, strings-and-flutes-a'-blazin' finale of Strauss' The Blue Danube.

The score and sound in the film are astounding (Dave in his suit, breathing / high-pitched women wailing / Richard & Johann Strauss) and the visuals are still stunning, after 50 years.

A true film "experience," from beginning to end. This time out, I was definitely not bored.

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