I liked the middle part of the movie, namely the "persona" of the computer. Artificial intelligence is one of the main topics in this movie (together with human evolution and the concept of God as an advanced extraterrestrial beings/civilisation).
A brilliant work, atmospheric, groundbreaking, breathtaking. Best seen on a large screen (e.g. your 65" led).
Not simply action, not purely entertainment, this is intellectual, emotional, experiential. If that puts you off, you may not enjoy it, which is fine. However if you are open to art which is immersive, impressionistic and a little demanding this could be for you.
I watched this as part of a list I am completing; watch the all time greatest films. I don't think I have ever been so bored, confused or disturbed my entire life. To think someone thought this far ahead may be genius, but I honestly could not tell you what it was even about. The whole movie just made no sense. I kept watching it so I could tick it off my list, but I don't think two and a half hours has ever felt so long in my entire life. To those who love this film, I respect your view, but I honestly have not hated a movie so much, ever. I thought 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy' was bad; well, this takes the cake.
brilliant movie with incredible foresight (minimum technology) maximum imagination. Much much more to be said for this movie but better experienced by ones-self. Highly recomended viewing................. remember this is 'flower power' era (60's)
Saw this when first came out on the screens and enjoyed it then esp the music done by Kubrik and magic scenery
I really wanted to like this film. I could see how it would have been groundbreaking when it was released. The drama between man and machine was interesting, but the pacing was just too slow and I ended up fast-forwarding through most of this. Having said that, the set design and soundtrack are great, the closing effects are what you would expect from the psychedelic era, and the guesses about the "space age" were interesting.
Just read your review, I can't agree with you more. You have fully expressed my view, which has saved my time typing exactly the same words again, thank you.
Is this good ... YES.
So for a movie done in the 60's sure the special effects are not 21st century .... but they are totally believable.
The point of the whole thing is the story line .... you're supposed to see this at a futuristic look at how our existence evolves. At the time it was release ... EVERYONE could understand this ..... but I think it is more a reflection of 21st century audience who cant get the point.
YES see this .... and give it some thought!
This was dumb. I was so bored. Maybe it was good 40 years ago, but I fell asleep in it. I fast forwarded through the blank screen/just music bits, but still. I was really looking forward to watching it but was disappointed
Still a cinematic masterpiece. I think I enjoy it more each time I see it. And for those who don't get the storyline, there are things out there called "books" that you might like to read (if your able) to bolster your meagre understanding, rather than rating this film at zero. Shootouts and carchases do not a movie make.
A sheer masterpiece - but the cinematic value can only be truly appreciated at the cinema, not your DVD player.
Anyone who wants quality sci-fi and not character based sci soap will appreciate Kubrick and Clarke's brilliance.
Things to watch out for are the minimalist uber chic space station (mimicked best by a rotating restaurant in Sydney); Kubrick's daughter on the video phone (no kidding) and the on board computer's recommendation that one astronaut take a "stress pill" as the mission heads to disaster.
Said to be made for the LSD generation, its still fantastic.