2001: A Space Odyssey

2001: A Space Odyssey ★★★★½

Watched for HAL's birthday

Many people have a strong dislike for this film. Others are scared of watching or engaging with it, turned off by the weight of publicity and hype that has swirled around it ever since its release.

It is a science-fiction film with no real plot - a quartet of sections punctuated by classical music, a computer with a personality (HAL himself, who later influenced breezy Eddie of The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy), and that perplexing and strangely moving ending which no one really understands.

You will never hear The Blue Danube in the same way again, and if the famous cut from monkey's bone to spaceship has been spoofed by everything from Monty Python onward, then that's fine. In its time this kind of segue was revolutionary.

There are the nominal stars, the men who go into space as part of the Jupiter Mission. But their story is only part of the puzzle.

"Open the pod bay doors, HAL."

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