2001: A Space Odyssey

Project WATFIO - #3 of 176

I can organise my favourite films into two categories: films that I was desperate to see again after first viewing, and films that I was apprehensive about ever seeing again due to the belief that repeat viewings would never live up to the initial experience. As you may have guessed, I erroneously placed '2001' into the latter category.

When I first watched '2001' I was totally unprepared for what I was about to see. I was a fourteen-year-old who had just discovered the joy of cinema, and although I had read the complementary novel of the film, I was still blown away by the most powerful piece of cinema I had ever experienced, and probably will ever experience.

'2001' is the only film that I have ever felt intimidated by. During this, my second viewing, I was utterly gripped from start to finish and even beyond, accidentally watching all of the multitude of copyright warnings that followed the credits while I gathered my thoughts. I have no ability, nor desire, to analyse this film as it overwhelms me like no other film has ever done. Kubrick's ability to make such monumental events in the history of humankind so personally affecting is incomparable.

For me, cinema encompasses two main purposes, film as art and film and entertainment. '2001: A Space Odyssey' is the ultimate example of cinema: art as entertainment.

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