2001: A Space Odyssey

2001: A Space Odyssey ★★★★★

I saw this in theaters about two months ago, and I hate to say this, but it wasn't a good experience. It had been the #1 thing I wanted to do ever since I first saw this film in January and it immediately became my favorite film, and stayed like that for an extremely long time. But the theater experience ending up just being more stressful than it was amazing. The audience was annoying and kept laughing hysterically for whatever reason, but most of all: Watching this movie with my dad was extremely stressful. He liked it a lot, but I just find that this movie is best experienced alone. I spent the entire movie worrying about whether or not he would like it, plus he was really sick during it and kept having to walk out. Basically, that experience was just a failure for me, and didn't go how I had hoped at all.
But now, rewatching this in a dark room with no distractions, the volume high, close to the TV, and most importantly, alone, was phenomenal. I'm finally being brought back to everything this film did for me. I was into film before watching this and I had letterboxd, but this is truly what got me into filmmaking. It's an incredibly important film to me, and although it may not be my favorite movie anymore, it's probably the most significant for me due to that fact. I will always absolutely love this film, I will always be in awe watching it that a film like this exists.
It's back in the top 3 🙂

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