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2001 A Space Odyssey (1968, Contains Potential SPOILERS) - 2001 is probably the most confusing, different, weird and craziest films you’ll ever come across. It is way beyond its time, being 52 years old the filmmaking/visuals left me speechless.
The knowledge to the story being so intelligent it’s something the human mind can never fully understand. So if you have come out of 2001 with a simple answer, then your not watching it how it’s supposed to be watched. It’s structure and ending is intending to evoke. Images, sounds, memories, suggestions, associations, all have the purpose to seek a response in us. So it’s ultimate purpose is to inspire questions instead of answering them as Kubrick stated “If the film stirs the emotions and penetrates the subconscious of the viewer, the film has succeeded. If someone tries to explain to you that your outlook is wrong, then they will be ruining it”.
The film technically is simply sublime, thought-provoking, visually revolutionary, technically impeccable, monumentally imaginative, substantially rich, thriving with unparalleled originality and ambition.
At its core, the film is a journey, a summarization of those questions that are both the simplest in their inquisition and most profound in their answers: Who are we? where do we come from? and where are we going?.
2001' requires you to watch in a different way than you normally watch films. It requires you to relax. It requires you to experience strange and beautiful images without feeling guilty that there is no complex plot or detailed characterization.
While it is a long film, and sometimes slows down, it has to be in order to accurately portray the journey of man. It's not a subject that would have faired well in a shorter film, faster paced feature, the film's greatest strength is in the details.
The films score and sound effects played a huge part in bringing suspense to most important sequences. It gave each scene an extremely eerie and anxiety driven atmosphere to apply a sense of uncertainty towards the characters.