Serge The Movie Guy’s review published on Letterboxd:
2001: A Space Odyssey.
Directed by Stanley Kubrick.
Viewed In IMAX
"My mind is going. There is no question about it. I can feel it. I can feel it."
This film changed cinema. This is my second viewing of the film. I'm actually glad I saw it years ago and then waited to watch it now.
This film was ahead of its time. Not only with its ideas and themes but also with its filmmaking technics.
This is also the first film I went to see in a theater alone. I didn't take any friends or relatives. They wouldn't understand.
Watching this in IMAX was an incredible experience. I felt like I was back in 1968. I went to the 1 Thursday night showing. Out of all these seats, only a handful of people showed up. It was somewhere between 20ish I think. We all just sat in silence and admired the beauty of the film from beginning to end. Hearing the classic music blare from the speakers was incredible.
I felt like I was in a trance watching this film. The Star Gate sequence is a reminder why I live for cinema.
Human evolution, artificial intelligence, technology, and extraterrestrial life. Most films somehow fail to balance all of these themes in the film. Not here.
I don't want to be that guy that nick picks everything, but I also don't want to be that guy that gives a film 5 stars just because it's considered a classic. I'm right on the edge.
While it's not my favorite Stanley Kubrick film, it's a film that might be his most ambiguous.
50 years ago, this film opened with mixed reviews. Today, it's considered a masterpiece and one of the best films ever made.
"Open the pod bay doors, HAL."
"I'm sorry, Dave. I'm afraid I can't do that."