2001: A Space Odyssey ★★★★★

"This conversation can serve no purpose anymore. Goodbye."

Last night marked the 50th anniversary of 2001: A Space Odyssey, so I figured I would finally check it off my personal watchlist of shame. So I did. Oh man.

This was astonishing. I can't quite describe my reaction to 2001. I must've been absorbed in the film, because I certainly wasn't bored (unlike when I saw Koyaanisqatsi, which this reminded me off a few times). 2001 may be mechanistic and cold, but that's almost kind of the point. You're not here to emotionally connect with the characters in the same way that you would with a normal movie, you're here to witness the story progress and develop in a very abstract way, and admire the beauty of the visuals and the soundtrack. Which I did, more than once. The "Beyond the Infinite" segment in particular is one of the most transcendent pieces of media I have ever seen.

I don't quite know if I loved 2001 as much as I should. When it comes to Stanley Kubrick's other work, I'd probably pick the likes of Barry Lyndon as a favourite over this. But because of its importance, because of its technical resplendence, and especially because of its anniversary... 5 stars.

Happy Birthday, 2001. I look forward to seeing you again.

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