Starring: Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood, William Sylvester
Directed by: Stanley Kubrick
Written By: Stanley Kubrick, Arthur C. Clarke
Rating: G (US) Running Time: 2 hr 19 min
This is without a doubt one of the most influential science fiction films ever made, and for good reason. It’s a bold undertaking as it spans the birth of intelligence on Earth, to then tracking human progress as we leave Earth and inhabit its only moon. The story reaches further into our own solar system, but it doesn’t spell things out for you. You’re free to ponder its meaning, and make up your own mind. Certainly themes of birth, life and death are suggested. Not only for us as human beings, but also for the universe itself and the bond between the two.
I’ll let you interpret what happens as you watch, and then re-watch the movie time and time again.
This is not for everyone that’s for sure. As I said, nothing is spelled out for you so keep that in mind. For your first viewing, I suggest you keep an open mind, and just let it wash over you. Don’t try to ‘get it’ – just appreciate incredible effects and gorgeous photography.
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It would be nice to get to see a digital copy of this playing at a local theater. Failing that, get the Blu-ray copy of the movie if you can.
Best Moment: << Spoiler >>
All the visual effects are fantastic and still look great decades after the film was released. My favorite moment though (among many) is after the first monolith is discovered on Earth. A lone man-ape picks up a large bone, and the idea that this could be used as a weapon dawns on him. It’s such a fantastic moment in the film, and so simply and efficiently filmed.
Side note: I actually had the pleasure of meeting Keir Dullea and Gary Lockwood (who you may remember also starred in the second Star Trek TV pilot with William Shatner) at the 2013 Comic-Con. Here’s a memento of that meeting.