08/28/2021 (Sat) 07:15:04
2001: A Space Odyssey was great, better than expected really. The release date displayed on HBO Max's page for the movie reminded me just how old it was, which scared me a little. A lot of movies from that era that are considered good are actually crap by modern standards. But compared to newer movies in a similar vein, the only aspect that stands out is the sheer amount of long takes, which isn't necessarily a bad thing (even though I suspect I was the only person in the room who didn't mind it).
I thought I'd experience a bad case of the "Seinfeld effect" (i.e. the quality of the original seeming worse due to all the later imitations) with the soundtrack, but thankfully that didn't happen and I enjoyed it.
The third act stands out big time, it's not just the climax of the plot (and IMO far more interesting than the HAL9000 subplot that everyone seems to remember this movie for) but also the prettiest part of the movie. Speaking of which, it's a really pretty movie - I expected scenes with precise and attractive aesthetics, but as it turns out, most of the movie is like that. The intermission in the middle was another, more amusing reminder of the movie's age. The themes this movie takes on are some of my favorites, and I can see why a lot of works of art I love have been said to be inspired by it.
Overall, I found it a very unique and deliberate movie, which unlike most of its peers was clearly blessed with a decent budget. That's always a good combination, and with Kubrick's crazy good execution, I can only imagine how mindblowing it must have been back in the day