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Sunday, September 29, 2013

2001: A Space Odyssey 1968 * * * 1/2 Stars

Director: Stanley Kubrick
Year: 1968
Rated G
Rating: * * * 1/2 stars
Cast: Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood, Douglas Rain

Almost too intense to harness a G rating and showcasing a mysteriously ballsy opening 15 minutes, 2001: A Space Odyssey is a movie celebration of visual proficiency and technical savagery that in 1968, was so far ahead of its time it's scary. This film has the power to allow debate and obtain many different interpretations from moviegoers all over the world. It's all about the evolution of humans (you could throw in man's tug of war with technology as well) told through 4 different sections, all brilliant and somewhat slow paced. But if you really take the time soak it all in, you get a calculated and original masterstroke formulated by none other than acclaimed director Stanley Kubrick.

"2001" spends a majority of time showcasing its sequences in outer space and like the actors, has a cold and icy way of speaking to the viewer that takes it in. However, there are so many classic scenes, so many "awe" moments that you can't help but surrender to the eerie beauty (that's a Kubrick trademark) that occupies the screen for almost 2 and a half hours.

In truth, most people either love or hate this movie. In fact, it may take up 3 to 4 viewings before you can totally embrace it (that wasn't the case for me but this is objectively hearsay). Nevertheless, it's edited to perfection, scored for nullifying effect, and next to The Shining, this for me, is Kubrick's finest hour. He may be gone now, but 2001: A Space Odyssey lives on forever.

Written by Jesse Burleson

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