Koutchboom Rectifies the Situation: 2001: A Space Odyssey
Haven’t done this in a while and I feel like this choice is a bit of an odd one seeing that I may be the last movie geek on earth to properly watch it, I have seen at least most of this film before because my parents owned it on DVD when it first came out, but I recall falling asleep a lot. An issue which I also had to fight this time while watching it, so I did break the movie up in two days with the two halves. So let’s see how its stood the test of time….
2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY
Why it is great:
It’s a Stan Kubrick joint…duh.
Its OHHH SOO TRIPPY MAN!
It’s the greatest science fiction film ever created, arguably.
It heavily influenced Star Wars.
Koutchbooms Decision: Greatness
There isn’t a whole hell of a lot of NEW INSIGHT I can offer to this film that hasn’t already been gone over a billion times before. There are books and books of scholar’s smelling the waft of their own farts about how smart they are in dissecting this tremendously ambitious chuck of film making.
For me though the greatness of this film is more about the unknown of it all then the known. I’m pretty sure 2001 is one of the few movies were everyone walks out of it differently and no one is ever really wrong in how they feel about it. I mean the movie is terribly terribly boring, it boarders the line between good boredom and just fucking boring. I mean a five minute shot of ship just floating does not interesting make. THAT possibly could be an ‘of its time’ thing, in that back in the 60’s when this came out, starring slack jawed at some space marvel could’ve been pretty crazy, but not we get the point and its not as effective.
I will say that the second half of the film was much more interesting then the first half, even with the 5-10 minute shots of planets and floating monolith. But that light show part…WOW, just fucking wow. Now I’ve heard up and down about the trippyness of it, I was very skeptical going into the second half knowing that I would be seeing that part. I had a feeling that it would be entirely lame and dated, not the case at all. As lame as this sounds it’s the closest I’ve felt to experiencing a high without actually being high, and I do recognize how silly that sounds. SO for all you people afraid of drugs here’s your one chance to SORT of feel what its like. Granted I don’t know if I would be able to experience it without having already experienced it for real.
I’m not sure if the movie made a lick of sense, I’ve got some vague ideas of what it all could possibly mean but nothing smart enough to form a complete sentence out of. I wonder if that was even Kubrick’s point, I think he probably expected people to take the movie however they felt and that there was no definite answer to anything (hence the giant mystery that is the universe), its why he focuses a lot on the mundane aspect of the whole voyage rather then anything personal. I get that yes he is showing how humans are becoming more robotic then robots but also in the plot he focuses on HOW TO parts of it rather than the WHY’s and WHAT’s. So you can sort of fill those in however you please.
The movie to me has its greatness firmly rooted in its technical aspects. I sat there the whole time wondering just how in fuck he did this or that of the film, and that is what solidifies this film in the history books. The floating aspect’s, the rotating room, just all the little nitpicky shit to create this obsessively realistic space movie. It is funny watching it now though seeing all the stuff that didn’t come true. (Please note I came across a post pointing out the things that weren’t true but I noticed them in the movie). PAN AM running flights to the moon when PAN AM if defunct now, Howard Johnsons have a restaurant on a space station and they are pretty much defunct now, video phoning still hasn’t taken off, and we’ve yet to make any (verified) contact with extra-terrestrial life yet. What was funny though, is that Kubrick and Arthur C. Clarke sort of nailed the iPad, it even looks the same in the movie, though it was stationary the concept was there. Also in ALL these space films its always said how they never really predicted anything like the internet or google, but HAL is essentially google just much much more advanced
Do you agree?
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