I went into “2001: Space Odyssey” knowing almost nothing; just that it’s a cult movie and that it was directed by Stanley Kubrick, one of the best directors of all time.
Overall, I thought “2001: Space Odyssey” was a great movie. Watching it, I kept thinking “this is probably taught in Film School”. Everything is so well done: exceptionally crafted, for most part. Directing. Editing. Music. Cinematography. Set design. All this, considering it was made in 1968.
The film had an amazing sound editing, but also a fantastic soundtrack. I have to mention the famous music in the beginning, which I realized I’ve heard many times before, and the use of classical music. The score, in particular, was especially eerie and majestic, and it somehow fit, although it was unsettling for most of the time and it helped build tension. For example, the astronaut breathing when going to fix the problem outside.
I also realized that this movie must have been groundbreaking in 1968, considering he was talking about video calls, AI and trips to Jupiter. Imagine what he could have done with today’s technology. That being said, it was funny seeing Hal and its storyline, it felt like a creepy, murderous version of nowadays Siri. Or Jarvis. But let’s be honest, this can totally happen (AIs developing feelings and human rationale) and it’s scary.
The only downside I can possibly find to “2001: Space Odyssey” is its pace, but I blame our easily distracted nature for this (mostly due to the constant information we are fed and the need to rapidly consume it). Also, it went off board in some of the scenes (elongated to an extend that it became boring), like the beginning, or the doctor venturing into the galaxies(?) / black hole (?) / ?. To be honest, the ending was weird and very opened to interpretation.
So, to conclude, if you’re a movie fan, you should definitely watch “2001: Space Odyssey”, it’s a classic. It’s beautifully done and it tackles themes we are still talking about, 50 years later.