IMDB Rating: 8,3/10
Genre: Adventure, Sci-Fi
Director: Stanley Kubrick
Writer: Arthur C. Clarke
Stars: Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood, William Sylvester
Warning, this movie contains a spoiler!
2001: A Space Odyssey is a masterpiece made by Stanley Kubrick that managed to make me imagine what I just watched. This film is adapted from a novel by Arthur C. Clarke and this film in fact managed to make me confused myself. There are not many things you will see in this movie, a little dialogue, and an unintelligible plot. Actually, this movie has no story at all but will relate how the ending of the story during you watch this movie. This film also tells the origin of humans according to Darwin’s theory why humans are so clever until now. But, I can’t say anything about this movie because I also don’t believe how Kubrick could make a movie like this in 1968.
“2001: A Space Odyssey,” begins in a chapter called ‘The Dawn of Man’ where the scene tells about the origin of humans according to Darwin’s theory that humans come from monkeys. They sometimes form groups, finding some food, and try to survive day by day. The strong will survive and the weak will die. Then, a black monolith stone fell to earth and made the monkeys become smarter. They can make weapons, their way of thinking has changed, and a variety of things that change little by little. Then, the evolution changed the minds of people to explore a space. In 2001, the astronauts recovered a monolith in a crater on the moon. After the time skip, Dr. Dave Bowman (Keir Dullea) and Dr. Frank Poole (Gary Lockwood) and his space friends and an AI computer HAL 9000 (Douglas Rain) join in the mission to landing on the Jupiter.
I don’t know how this movie works because, in fact, the synopsis at all is also a bit difficult to understand. There are some sections that we will watch this movie. The first section is the most boring section where you will see an early scene of human life according to Charles Darwin’s theory. In this scene we will show how the man who previously called monkey lived like a stone age, the laws of nature still exist, and the weak will die. The beginning of this scene has also puzzled me why Stanley Kubrick shows us a very long black screen and then came some title of the movie with a very disturbing but epic music. The monkeys then got smarter when they found this monolith stone. Then in the second section, we will see some astronauts discovering a monolith rock on the moon that eventually turned to the third section. In the third section, it tells about Dave Bowman and Frank Poole undergoing a mission to land on Jupiter and its HAL 9000 computer. In essence, the dialogue in here is not very focused and the core of the story is rather difficult to understand by some people.
So let’s say it’s as if you watched this movie in that year and you have no idea what the technology is. If we watched in this era, maybe this movie will feel stupid and silly if distinguished from other sci-fi movies especially if this movie aired in theaters. I bet that most of the audience will come home with full of regret. Despite that, 2001: A Space Odyssey is a father of sci-fi genre followed by Star Wars in 1977. Back in the main review, this movie would be stupid and silly to watch in this era because this film depicts a technology that still uses a button instead of using a touchscreen or anything is that. Apart from that, I always appreciate and love all the films that made by Stanley Kubrick because he shows great cinematographic techniques that are so stunning and it’s hard to think how he can do it. But, does this movie keep a lot of secret messages inserted by Stanley Kubrick? No one knows.
If compared with some other movies, this movie is similar to Coen Brothers’, No Country For Old Men and is almost similar to a mindblowing anime like Serial Experiments Lain. In essence, 2001: A Space Odyssey is just like the two films. The only thing here, Stanley Kubrick wants to interpret the mind of his audience into an experience full of a space odyssey. You guys will be invited how you guys catching the story and what it means. According to my opinion, the monolith stones in this movie is like a ‘god’ that comes to bring a blessing to its peoples. Not only that, the stone has also changed the evolution of a much smarter mankind as like as a machine. This is more evidenced by the ending where Dave Bowman enters a wormhole-filled with many various colors that make us somewhat feel disturbing. By the time Dave enters the wormhole, the paradox of time occurs so that he meets many of himself such as become elderly to a critical old man. After that, he met a monolith which we consider as a ‘god’ to give him blessings to Dave and to live a new life after being reincarnated. Maybe for me, that’s what I think after reading many references about this movie and watching it bit by bit. Accompanied by Richard Strauss’s classical music, 2001: A Space Odyssey is a film that affects many sci-fi movies right now.
Overall, 2001: A Space Odyssey is a masterpiece of Stanley Kubrick that every movie enthusiast must watch or anything. Though not as good as sci-fi now, I assume that this movie is a movie that produces a visual effect and other sci-fi movies. Stanley Kubrick tries to make his audience bewildered in search of the core of this movie story, how you think, until what the experience you got.