2001: A Space Odyssey

2001: A Space Odyssey ★★★★★


This is "2001: A Space Odyssey" Stanley Kubrick's masterpiece and arguably the greatest American film of all time, It's the oeuvre that defines with sublimity the word 'humanity.

"2001" is not a work that is made to be analyzed or theorized, it's a film that is made to be experienced. This film gives a reflection on humanity, from its dawn (symbolized in "the primates" segment) to its future (symbolized in the fetus sequence). With their the common point being the black monolith, the main object that draws the curiosity and attention of everyone. Kubrick gives also an importance to the relationship between man and machine expressed in the HAL 9000's sequences. In that segment, not only he examines the benefits and risks of artificial intelligence, but he also shows the fact that machines can possibly demonstrate more humanity than humans themselves. The cinematography in this masterwork is special, made up of long descriptive shots, mainly used to show the ridiculous place of Man (us) in the universe, not to forget one of the greatest cuts in cinema (from bone to satellite cut). I rarely say this, but the special effects are more emphasized than the actors, the visuals were just ahead of time.

A pure perfection from Kubrick.

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