93 – 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

The lads on their iPads.

The lads on their iPads.

Wow.Now that was something else.Produced,Directed and Co-Written (screenplay)by Kubrick himself.So he pretty much has creative control on the whole she-bang.Like  Clockwork Orange Kubrick has the film strewn with classical music much to it’s advantage.I’d seen this film maybe 10 years ago and from what i remember i got a bit lost at the end.Same thing happened here,one minute Dave was in one of the orbs heading for Jupiter then it seems like Hal sneaked some mushrooms or mxe into Daves oxygen and things go a bit crazy for a few minutes.It’s a bit of a trip near the end.Kubrick is good at building suspense,some scenes are really tense and in any modern film they would climax with a loud noise and a cat jumping out or something dumb like that.There’s a few 3 minute bits where the screen is just black,at the beginning of the film i thought i was missing a codec on my computer but eventually i got a visual.I went on wikipedia to see if i was missing some integral part of the film,but no i was not.There’s a lot of speculation as to what it all means and went on to say that  he “encouraged people to explore their own interpretations of the film, and refused to offer an explanation of “what really happened” in the movie”.Good man,i think its about the Monolith being a superior being and creating the human race.Heck maybe it took Dave back in time and he was the original ‘man’ hence the foetus floating to earth.Or maybe not.I’ll have to mull it over for a bit.

IMDB RATING      –     8.3
MY RATING     –    8.4
SEEN BEFORE     –     YES
RECOMMEND?     –     YES
OVERALL     –  AMAZING SET PIECES.TENSION.SUSPENSE.GOOD SOUNDTRACK.MAYBE SMOKE A JOINT FIRST.

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