2001: A Space Odyssey

2001: A Space Odyssey ★★★★★

There were me and my brother at the store looking for films when I look at the cover of 2001: A Space Odyssey. I knew my brother had never watched it and I knew he liked The Clockwork Orange so I bought this one.

I turned out all the lights saying: "This film must be watched like this. This is one of the finest movies you'll ever see." He looked at me funny but said nothing. The film started. I've never seen my brother like this, he was completely mesmerized by the movie. At the end, he told me: "Walter, I felt like I do when I keep awake all night: my eyes were wide open!"

I gave a Nietzsche's book to him last month, and it was The Antichrist and Twilight of the Idols in the same edition. So, of course he is aware of Nietzsche philosophy. After the ending of the film I stood there explaining to him how this movie makes several references to Nietzsche's ideas, starting by R Strauss' genial waltz Thus Spoke Zarathustra and ending with the men turned to a kid to look at the Earth with the big eyes of the Übermensch.

I also said to him that I think that HAL must not be seen as computer. If the movie is trying to transpose a changing in our morality codes, our values and ideas, HAL is the static human. HAL, in my concept, represents the man who thinks he is the best nature could create, he is the son of God, he is the pride and it all leads to one hole: insecurity. In the end, HAL is just a kid asking for forgiveness.

He didn't say anything, he was just there, listening and thinking. When I finished, he said:

"Wal, I think this is the best film I've ever seen in my whole life."

Yes, my brother, it certainly is.

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