Film 36 in the “1001 Films to See Before You Die” challenge was 1968’s “2001: A Space Odyssey”. I don’t know where to start. My brain is in total mind fuck/meltdown mode. All I remember about the film was that I heard “Also Sprach Zarathustra” three times which always made me smile. Looking up some facts about the film being this was the first time seeing it, this film is “a story of evolution. Sometime in the distant past, someone or something nudged evolution by placing a monolith on Earth (presumably elsewhere throughout the universe as well). Evolution then enabled humankind to reach the moon’s surface, where yet another monolith is found, one that signals the monolith placers that humankind has evolved that far. Now a race begins between computers (HAL) and human (Bowman) to reach the monolith placers. The winner will achieve the next step in evolution, whatever that may be.” (taken from IMDb). Knowing that now makes more sense because I was confused right from the start. It was reported that 241 people walked out of the premier. One of those people was Rock Hudson who was quoted saying “Will someone tell me what the hell this is about?” Arthur C Clarke said “If you understand ‘2001’ completely, we failed. We wanted to raise far more questions than we answered.” Stanley Kubrick said “ avoids intellectual verbalization and reaches the viewer’s subconscious in a way that is essentially poetic and philosophic.” The special effects for the film were created by Kubrick and Douglas Trumbull, who would later work on 1982’s “Blade Runner”. If you have seen this film then let me know what you made of it in the comments. Here is what I had to say while watching 1968’s “2001: A Space Odyssey”
Film – 2001: A Space Odyssey
Year – 1968
Director – Stanley Kubrick
Staring – Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood, William Sylvester
IMDb Rating – 8.3/10
My Rating – 7.6/10
Space! Where no one can here you scream!
I’m confused! Where’s the picture? I’m getting sound but no picture
Oh! I had to go through three minutes of noise to get the MGM logo!
Also Sprach Zarathustra!!! Is Ric Flair making his entrance?
Love that song!
“The Dawn of Man”
Is this where they got the poster idea for Apocalypse Now?
If this is meant to be in Space, why are we in the desert?
Nothing but monkey business
I’m waiting for Richard Attenborough to appear and do a voice over
That cheetah just attacked that ape!
Assume normal live apes!
Are these apes being played by humans?
Something’s kicked off! I don’t know I wasn’t paying attention
That just confused me
Chester the Cheetah stalking his next pray while waiting for his royalty checks from Cheetos
Have I accidently put on Planet of the Apes?
That ape is angry! So angry we woke his mates up
There’s a rectangle! EVERYONE PANIC!!!
It’s like the portal in Minecraft! Horrible things lie beyond the portal!
I am really confused as to what’s happening
For no reason, I just sang “Them Bones” by Alice in Chains because I saw bones
Also Sprach Zarathustra AGAIN!!! YAY!!!
So that’s how the evolution of the drummer began
Yum Yum Yum Yum Yum
Apes don’t like each other!
He just killed his mate with a bone to the head
I’m in space!
It’s like a ballet… but with space objects
More classical music I know but can’t name!!! YAY!!
I’m just enjoying the music
Nothing much to really comment on
Their elevators have seats!
Those red chairs look uncomfy
That little girl doesn’t seem that upset that her dad is missing her birthday party
Heywood meets with a group of people
Clavius?!? Bad things have been happening there these last two weeks
10 days with no connection
That conversation went right over my head
More classical music! YAY!
Bugger off airline women with your crappy food
Why is she walking like a robot?
She’s walking upside down!
Airline food where you drink the food?!?
Zero Gravity Toilet – Hope he doesn’t go for a floater
We are now approaching the Moon, Please take all your personal burlongings with you and watch your step when exiting the ship
Thats a nice shot
It’s like their entering Zurg’s evil fortress
At a press conference
This conference is boring
On the move again to… somewhere?!?
Time for last minute food before we explore the moon
Chicken & Ham sandwiches!
Heywood looks through photos of a giant hole that has emerged
Coffee!!! IN SPACE!!!
So are they looking for a fossil in space?
Landing platform spotted! Prepare for landing!
Time to investiage this thing
I’m waiting for a giant alien thing to just eat everyone but that won’t happen will it
IT’S THE RECTANGLE FROM EARLIER!!!!
“Jupiter Mission – 18 Months Later”
Why are spaceships shaped so weirdly?
Jogging motion sickness!
Does this guy think he’s training for a boxing match?
Did we really need that camera angle?
Space life seems pretty dull
BBC in space?!?
Tonight on “The World Tonight”
The interview tells us about these men’s mission
That food looks like ice cream
They spoke to “Hal”, the space computer
Computers have voices?!?
Even this interview is dull
EVERYTHING IS DULL!!!
Time for Heywood to make another call to his family
It’s Heywood’s birthday!
You can’t beat a computer at chess!
How you can draw at that angle amazes me
Hal asks a personal question about if Dave has second thoughts on the mission
Hal says he has had second thoughts
Hal brings up the rectangle
AE-35! Hate having that fault
100% fault in 72 hours!
Time to fix this era
This feels more like a documentary by the minute
Stop breathing in my ears
Really could do with some classical music right about now (loads up classical music on Spotify)
Somehow Toccata and Fuge in D minor BWV565: II. Fugue works with this scene – Don’t ask me why
Things are happening
No one knows what the fault is
Hal says they should put it back and let it fault
A human error? Always blame the humans Hal!
Hal can’t hear them
Frank has a bad feeling about this
Are they planning to take Hal out while they put the fault back in
Hal is watching them but can’t hear them
Time to put the fault back in
Seriously, stop breathing down my headphones
That don’t look good
There’s goes that guy… and the pod
Dave is off on a mission to bring him back
Don’t like silence!
Really wish I knew what was happening
I think Dave’s found him
I just got a Facebook notification was louder than this film
Those men in hybernation are about to die
Has Hal turned evil?
Well… he’s got this man
Hal won’t let him back because he knows about their plan
Hal is very good at lip-reading
Dave is stranged in a pod in space with a dude on his pod arms
If Hal is in control of everything, why doesn’t he eject Dave from the pod?
I got distracted and that man who was on the pod arms is floating away
We’ll render him dead then
I’m breaking in through the air vent
The emergency entrance is open!!!
Why am I singing the theme to Mission Impossible?
That was probably a bad idea
If you’re gonna have an explosion at least let me hear it go off
“What do you think you’re doing Dave?” – You’re not colour co-ordinated
Hal’s trying to reason with him
Dave’s breaking into the memory center
Dave can’t hear you silly computer
“I’m afraid” – You don’t sound it
“My mind is going” – Mine too
Hal’s birthday is January 12th 1992 and was born in Illinois
Dave wants Hal to sing his song “Daisy”
Hal’s voice has got deeper – [INSERT PUBERTY JOKE]
Really want to hear Also Sprach Zarathustra again before the film ends
A transmission is played about the rectangle
That rectangle is a form of life ready for Jupiter
“Jupiter and Beyond the Infinite”
There’s that freaky music again
That rectangle’s floating in space!
Is this now a light show?
Is this a deleted scene from Close Encounters of the Third Kind?
What the hell is going on?
The rectangle’s disapperaed!!!
I feel like I’m on an acid trip
So this is where iTunes and other music programs got their full screen colour WTF’s from
This shouldn’t be hurting my eyes!
Was that a representation of The Big Bang?
It’s The Milky Way – Really want a Milky Way chocolate bar now
It’s like I’m watching paint run off a canvas
I am realy confused now
More acid trips!!
Finally back to normal!
Why are we in a giant bedroom?
How many shades of white?
Who are you?
Wait!!! The pod’s not there!
Is that meant to be Dave as a old man?
What is going on?
Someone explain this to me?
Is that meant to be Dave as an older man?
Are we in Dave’s room?
I looked away and heard a glass break
Is this Dave on his deathbed?
IT’S THE RECTANGLE!!!
Dave has now turned into a fetus
Also Sprach Zarathustra!! YES!!! I got my wish!