Through the use of large miniatures and realistic lighting, Kubrick created some of the best special effects ever put on celluloid. Besides the incredible special effects, camera work and set design, Kubrick also presents the viewer with a lot of food for thought about what it means to be human, and where the human race is going. I know that's what most audiences seem to want these days, but Kubrick isn't going to let us off so lightly. Feel free to disregard the outright snobbishness of my tying everything to Nietzsche. No 3-Line, nor excessively long 2-Line Entries. The day I learned '2001' got only special effects Oscar and was not even nominated for the Best Picture was the day when 'Academy Award' completely became two words meaning nothing to me.
It is two and a half hour long and it moves very, very slowly. I won't go into the point of 2001 since I haven't read the book and I think it is up to each viewer to decide for himself what it all means. Multi-Channel Soundtrack: Warner has included both a remixed and restored 5. By this point in time my brains had turned into mush. Bluntly, 2001 is one of the best science-fiction films made to date, if not the very best.
At last we get some innocuous dialog and rather cryptic exposition about the government not letting people land on the moon. So,as this is a non-professional and personal take on the movie I cannot really motivate more than 3 out of 5 stars. The end result is quite chilling, no matter your personal solution. As I said already, I have nothing new to say regarding the overall themes of 2001: A Space Odyssey but one thing I will do is recommend that if it is being screened in a cinema near you, seize the opportunity to watch this masterpiece on the biggest stage of all, where it belongs. It's almost entirely comprised of shots and contrived scenes which are intended to showcase the effects. The reason it is slow, and filled with minutae is because the aim was to realistically envision the future of technology and the past, in the awe inspiring opening scenes. It was so far ahead of its time that humanity still hasn't caught up.
It takes 50 minutes of movie time before we actually get to the main part of the movie and get onto the Discovery for instance. There is not much new I can say that hasn't alredy been said in regards to the plot points and themes of Kubrick's magnum opus, so I won't even try. By the time the movie ends, you should have an answer to all three, and yet all our answers will be different. It is our shame that the year 2001 did not look like the film 2001, not Kubrick's. The next eleven minutes are occupied with the grunting monkeys. No other movie, save the great Citizen Kane, leaves itself open to discussion like 2001. If you have a 5th grade education perhaps.
Mystery is more profound than explanation. Why drag it out so long? That's fine I wouldn't want to rob you of your monkey action or your ship docking sequences but I swear you could do this movie in a short and not lose the message. For the first time since the original release, new 70mm prints were struck from pristine printing elements made from the original camera negative. I love science and science fiction both. Its widely anticipated release in Ultra High Definition has arrived and the results are spectacular. Originally released in 70mm Cinerama roadshow format on April 4, 1968, the film ignited the imaginations of critics and audiences alike and its impact continues to resonate to this day. Or if you like, it's a testament to pure science.
In fact, neither before nor after 2001 has a movie been made the same way. Through the use of large miniatures and realistic lighting, Kubrick created some of the best special effects ever put on celluloid. People have mentioned some of the most boring parts. While it is a long film, and sometimes slows down, it has to be in order to accurately portray the journey of man. But seeing it at a cinema was a completely different experience and I was simply astonished by what I saw.
It's admirable that a director goes out of his way to make sure no sounds are heard in space, but rather than let this make the movie dreary and dull, Kubrick uses this to his advantage: the chilling silence of some scenes actually help build up the atmosphere in a way that no movie has done before. The winner will achieve the next step in evolution, whatever that may be. None of this comes across in the film. Then we jump ahead a million years or so to find humans in a similar state of stagnation yet on the edge of another fantastic evolutionary step forward. Instead of trying to give my opinion of the what it means and what my idea of 2001's meaning in general is, I'd like to discuss the fact that the ending serves to leave the movie open-ended. I still, although having see this film several times, feel my chest tighten in a particular scene.
The beauty of 2001 is that the ending need not mean anything deep, it can just be a purely plot driven explanation and the entire movie can be viewed as an entertaining journey through space. I could go on, but in summation Kubrick is at the hieght of his style. Definitely works fine with the anXmous release. This movie really does suck this bad. It could be said that it is a visual symphony if that makes sense. I could go on, but in summation Kubrick is at the hieght of his style. It's not hard to get, it's pretty, it has some smart writing but the lack of editing is like watching someones life from beginning to end.