2001: A Space Odyssey

2001: A Space Odyssey ★★★★★

Kubrick's sci-fi classic 2001: A Space Odyssey documents human evolution from the very dawn of man. Now man has disovered a mysterious artificial object buried beneath the Lunar surface and, with the help of an artificial intelligent computer (H.A.L. 9000) man sets off on a quest to find it.

From its ambitious direction to its complex story, 2001 is an undeniable masterpeice and one that delves into some very thought-provoking themes, such as the evolution of man and the dangers of the world's developing technology. It's groundbreaking visuals and stunning cinematography are also perfectly punctuated by an iconic and beautiful score from Hollywood composer Alex North.

However, the most impressive aspect of this film is Kubrick's unique ability to mesmerise his audience with minimal dialogue, as he often places much importance on actions and visuals, which is most effective in the last portion of the film where the lack of dialogue creates a sense of unease and eeriness leading up to the climax. For some this can make the film uninteresting or even pretentious, but for me his visual storytelling and unique artistic style is admirable and fascinating, creating an astounding cinematic experience unlike any other.

VERDICT -  Kubrick's '2001: A Space Odyssey' is a spectacular visual experience, illustrated by some stunning technical effects and beautiful direction. This film is also a great showcase of the extent of Kubrick's imagination and artistic ability, as well as his ability as a writer, with his screenplay acknowledging many ideologies and meanings about human existence, death, communication, technology and man's eternal quest for immortality.

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