A PIECE OF CINEMATIC HISTORY
- 2001: A Space Odyssey review by JS
Viewed a science fiction film (as some reviewers have) this will appear somewhat lacking to those who require much more plot and essentially more thrills. 2001 is a work of cinematic art that rightly deserves its spot as one of the greatest films ever made. The sheer beauty in the way this film has been constructed and edited is a spectacle that I can only assume was immense on the big screen but also quite startlingly beautiful on the small screen. It appears to me the work of indulgence that is rarely given to directors and as such we see the crossover of artistic imagery with cinematic story telling, not a sure fire way towards commercial success but it succeeds in its balance of the two. The film features some of the most repeated scenes in cinema and some of the most famous; its use of music complimenting imagery is truly inspired.
I don't believe this film will appeal to everyone and certainly not to those expecting a star trek style SF film. However, if you have a love of art and like a story to be left open to interpretation then you will find this about as enjoyable as cinema gets.
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A New Perspective To This Classic
- 2001: A Space Odyssey review by Jawbreaker
Too young to see 2001 upon release, I've had to make do with video and DVD versions. Whilst not an immediate replacement this blu ray edition brings new clarity to the experience. As seen with Kubrick's The Shining, this is another remarkable film print, perhaps the best yet of the Kubrick releases on this format. The film itself divides opinions to this day. It set the standard for science fiction and is all the more remarkable when you realise this was all achieved before the age of CGI visual effects. Just how they achieved the look, feel and overcame technical difficulties are all laid out in the series of documentaries here. The film is long enough, perhaps too slow for some, but there are many more hours of entertainment to be had in the menus. Watching these and then going back to 2001 brings a new perspective to the experience.
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A Shocking Waste Of Time
- 2001: A Space Odyssey review by AP
This came out when I was at junior school so I'm old enough to have heard about it (a lot) but never got the chance to see it. What a dissapointment! I waited 40 years to devote a couple of hours to seeing 'a masterpiece' and was REALLY let down.
It is, with out doubt, the biggest load of whacky, self indulgent garbage I have seen since Black Swan. Kubrik on a good day is a master (A Clockwork Orange) but this has to rate as a stinker. No plot....at all, really annoying music score, looooooong sequences of nothing other than shots of a spaceship floating around in space, actors in monkey suits grunting at each other and an ending that just left me saying...'what on earth was THAT all about?'
I invested over 2 hours of my life into this film and I will never see those again and consequently I'm really annoyed that I bought the hype. I don't know where Kubrik was when he put this thing together but it certainly was not planet Earth.
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