Review: 2001: A Space Odyssey

The greatest scene in film history.

This is a film that cannot be defined with a single word. But if I had to try, I think i'd go with 'Monumental'. There is absolutely no excuse to not watch this film. Ahead of it's time by decades, why do we have stupid films like Avatar when a film about 100 times more intellectually mature and massive in scale was created 40 years ago? I'll leave that one to you. 10 monoliths out of 10.

The Good:

  • You’ve just found a new favourite film. One you can be proud and feel intelligent about.
  • The story, despite being a little like Peter Gabriel era Genesis in structure and pace, is still lands a huge impact on you, and there are so many parts to it that will leave you thinking for days.
  • The pace of the film is slow, but interesting and involving through all of it. How so? Because that’s how Stanley Kubrick do.
  • Visually stunning to this date, never have matte paintings look so grand.
  • Perhaps the single best thing about the film, that’s up to you, is the music. I’ve got a rhetorical question to sum my feelings up on this one: Who knew classical music goes so well with sci-fi? Actually, there’s an answer for that: Stanley Kubrick.

The Bad:

This film is worth all the money you throw at it. One of the most legendary films ever crafted, you can watch this through so many times, and find something new, sit in wonder at the incredible visuals that never fail to mesmerize and shed a tear for poor HAL 9000. There’s no question about whether you should watch it or not, but I’d at least say it wouldn’t be that fun to watch with friends.

Similar films to 2001: A Space Odyssey: Artificial Intelligence, Planet of the Apes, Alien


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