A film so bizarre and artistic, even looking at it 45 years later the world is still thinking WTF!! Stanley Kubrick’s only contribution to Science Fiction on the big screen, and let’s be honest, not his finest work. However for a film made in 1968 it did have a few things good about it, although I’m not sure I could make a list, more a note.
The film is supposed to be about, I think, evolution, our reliance on technology, and some apes! There is a trip to Jupiter, why Jupiter I don’t rightly know. Maybe Marvin the Martian had shares in Mars? Anyway they are off to Jupiter, the lesser of the popular planets to make movies on. Then poor HAL, the onboard computer has a breakdown, a mental breakdown! Maybe it’s because making a film with no one talking much and not much happening, it just snapped under the pressure. Saying that, when you listen to HAL he does sound EPICALLY bored, similar to the people watching it.
Nothing interesting here, except maybe Uranus !!!
Made with the minds of Stanley Kubrick and Arthur C. Clarke, it was always going to be a mind f**k. It also did inspire a LOT of movies, well they claim it did. I just think that directors saw this and said, we can do better!
The Terminator has HAL’S eyes. Could be a coincidence, if Science Fiction believes in coincidences??
The apes, no sensible reason for apes in this film. I doubt we were evolved from apes, but if we had been we wouldn’t have made this movie! We would be eating bananas.
No need to replace humans, just because we may have come from them. Although Colonel O’ Neill is looking good!!
The four plots… FOUR!!! It is hard enough to follow HAL going space mental without thinking about apes, our existence, Jupiter, and aliens!
I bet James Franco gets it!
The special effects, sure it was 1968 and there are most definitely worse science fiction films out there. But ten years later they made Star Wars and this was the same man who made the excellent Dr. Strangelove. Maybe working with Peter Sellers was that bad and Stanley Kubrick had a psychotic break and thought, I will make a film about aliens.
They made a sequel to try and explain what the hell happened in 2001… I couldn’t mentally watch 2010… EVER!!
Total Wipeout, EXTREME
All the actors in the film were so traumatised by this movie, that their heads just couldn’t remain famous. Sure they have made movies and TV appearances, but none really broke out from this movie and nor should they have.
I am going to be a massive movie star… MASSIVE!!
The music is superb ..but the rest is just f**ked up!!! Sorry about the f word, but sometimes a movie just breaks your brain. But then Stanley Kubrick, like so few directors, had a way of looking at things that was always unique. Sometimes it’s like watching a genius… a mentally insane one.
Would have been a better movie if there were guns and it was on Mars!
Take a Drink: EVERY time you see apes
Take a Drink: every time Dr Bowman says HAL
Do a Shot: every time you get confused
Take a Large Drink: if you think, I might watch the sequel