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Posted: 11/18/2012 3:45:40 PM EST
I am a die hard sci-fi fan, but have yet to see this movie in its entirety. I've seen bits and pieces, and perhaps saw it as a kid in the 80s, but I wouldn't have understood it.

What's are the general thoughts on this movie? THX1138ish or way better?
Link Posted: 11/18/2012 3:47:20 PM EST
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Link Posted: 11/18/2012 3:50:08 PM EST
It is a seminal film akin to Blade Runner or Metropolis for us sci-fi fans.

Doctoral thesis' have been written on the meaning of this movie. I agree its slow as it is more of a thinking film and they tried to make it "believeable" in terms of the science. However a die hard sci-fi person should make an effort to watch this film.

Link Posted: 11/18/2012 3:57:03 PM EST
It's slow but one of the best sci-fi movies made IMHO.
Link Posted: 11/18/2012 3:57:44 PM EST
Read the book... it makes the movie much easier to make sense of.
Link Posted: 11/18/2012 3:57:49 PM EST
Originally Posted By Backnblack:
It's slow but one of the best sci-fi movies made IMHO.


agreed 100% a must see
Link Posted: 11/18/2012 4:00:27 PM EST
I recommend reading the book then watch the film. It will make more sense to you.

That said, it is one of the most brilliant pieces of filmmaking ever created. Kubrick challenged himself by creating a film that used primarily composition, not dialogue, to tell the story.

If there was one film to be selected and classified as art, this would be the one.
Link Posted: 11/18/2012 4:00:33 PM EST
One of the best movies ever made, period.

The special effects alone have stood decades.
Link Posted: 11/18/2012 4:02:48 PM EST
Originally Posted By Screechjet1:
One of the best movies ever made, period.

The special effects alone have stood decades.


Link Posted: 11/18/2012 4:03:18 PM EST
Love it.
Link Posted: 11/18/2012 4:05:29 PM EST
Originally Posted By Backnblack:
It's slow but one of the best sci-fi movies made IMHO.


This.
Heck, I'd even go as far as saying it is THE Best sci-fi movie ever made.

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Link Posted: 11/18/2012 4:12:54 PM EST
When you're watching that movie you know your not in Kansas anymore.























Link Posted: 11/18/2012 4:13:26 PM EST
I can see you're really upset about this. I honestly think you ought to sit down calmly, take a stress pill, and think things over.
Link Posted: 11/18/2012 4:15:40 PM EST

Awesome movie. It's slow. But it's a slow film that every classic film buff and science fiction fan should see at least once.
Link Posted: 11/18/2012 4:16:09 PM EST
Open the pod bay doors HAL...
Link Posted: 11/18/2012 4:29:10 PM EST
"Will I dream, Dave?"
Link Posted: 11/18/2012 4:31:43 PM EST
It goes way over my head. Kubrick was a genius.
Link Posted: 11/18/2012 4:31:59 PM EST
Daisy....Daisy..........
Link Posted: 11/18/2012 4:33:07 PM EST
Absolutely the best scifi movie ever.
Link Posted: 11/18/2012 4:35:21 PM EST
Just accept that you're not going to understand a damn thing and you'll love it.
Link Posted: 11/18/2012 4:37:53 PM EST
The most aggravating scene in any movie ever. The scene where they are flying out to the excavation sight on the moon to see the monolith and there is this god awful sound used in the exterior shots that make me run for the gun draw to put a bullet through the TV or my head to make it stop. It was like the director said "lets see how many people we can drive to the edge on insanity with this noise".
Link Posted: 11/18/2012 5:41:16 PM EST
[Last Edit: 11/18/2012 5:42:04 PM EST by gribble]
Epic movie. It's meaning isn't obvious, but to me it seems to get across better if you just think about what you're seeing and hearing instead of thinking about making sense of it.

The special effects are incredible for a film of it's day, and IMO rivals even the best modern special effects (so long as you account for the softer image and color that film provided back then). To think that it was done over 40 years ago is truly mind blowing.
Link Posted: 11/18/2012 5:42:57 PM EST
[Last Edit: 11/18/2012 5:43:05 PM EST by DK-Prof]
Link Posted: 11/18/2012 5:52:47 PM EST
Link Posted: 11/18/2012 5:53:22 PM EST
By a wide margin, my favorite film of all time.
Link Posted: 11/18/2012 5:59:23 PM EST
A Flash movie that explains 2001...


http://www.kubrick2001.com/


Did you know that there is no dialog for the first 25 minutes of the movie?
Link Posted: 11/18/2012 6:00:57 PM EST
Link Posted: 11/18/2012 6:01:05 PM EST
The spaceliner scene is fantastic.
Link Posted: 11/18/2012 6:01:45 PM EST
Originally Posted By flyhack72:
I recommend reading the book then watch the film. It will make more sense to you.

That said, it is one of the most brilliant pieces of filmmaking ever created. Kubrick challenged himself by creating a film that used primarily composition, not dialogue, to tell the story.

If there was one film to be selected and classified as art, this would be the one.


This. I saw the movie when it first came out, and had read the book first. I daresay I was one of few in the theater who understood it.
Link Posted: 11/18/2012 6:02:36 PM EST
How many SF movies from 1968 are still worth discussing in 2012?
Link Posted: 11/18/2012 6:06:09 PM EST
i watched it once... but i was COMPLETELY hammered.. and didn't understand it at all. i mean to watch it again soon.
Link Posted: 11/18/2012 6:09:35 PM EST

Read the book first.
Link Posted: 11/18/2012 6:15:47 PM EST
Originally Posted By shiky:
i watched it once... but i was COMPLETELY hammered.. and didn't understand it at all. i mean to watch it again soon.


Actually, being hammered might help you understand it.

It's always been my favorite sci-fi film. Heck, it's a great film, period.
Is it still the greatest sci-fi film of all time? As with all films, that's a subjective viewpoint. I might put Blade Runner ahead of it, but that's just my tastes.
Link Posted: 11/18/2012 6:36:14 PM EST
This doesn't really sum it up, but it makes me laugh. Meet Dave
Link Posted: 11/18/2012 6:37:34 PM EST
I like it up until the laser light-show and the freaky fetus from outer space.
Link Posted: 11/18/2012 6:40:26 PM EST
All of these Planets are yours, except Europa
Link Posted: 11/18/2012 6:48:57 PM EST
I love it. My dad first showed it to me when I was 10. The fetus scared the poopoo out of me.
Link Posted: 11/18/2012 6:53:06 PM EST
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Link Posted: 11/18/2012 6:54:12 PM EST
Still holds up to this day.

Hard to believe that all of the effects were done well before CGI.
Link Posted: 11/18/2012 6:55:55 PM EST
Link Posted: 11/18/2012 7:04:13 PM EST
It is an amusing aside how many people have explained that the audience has to read the novel in order to get it, then said it's the best science fiction movie ever.

It had nice music and pretty special effects.

As far as its brilliance - sorry. It was a turd. Kubrick was so busy being brilliant that he forgot to explain his brilliance to the audience. "I don't get it," doesn't automatically mean that the subject is brilliant. It often means that the subject was poorly explained. Yes, there are no spoken words for the first twenty five minutes. After the first fifteen minutes, I wanted to murder a mime.
Link Posted: 11/18/2012 7:08:40 PM EST
Link Posted: 11/18/2012 7:08:59 PM EST
I've probably seen it 15 times and will still watch it if I'm channel surfing and find it on somewhere.

Great flick.
Link Posted: 11/18/2012 7:10:27 PM EST
Read the book second.

Watch the film and pay attention......Pay attention,,,,,,,,,,,,,pay attention.


One of the best films ever made.
Link Posted: 11/18/2012 7:12:46 PM EST
Originally Posted By SoCalJBT:
2001 Explained


You're late.
Link Posted: 11/18/2012 7:19:11 PM EST
Originally Posted By GeorgeInNePa:
Originally Posted By SoCalJBT:
2001 Explained


You're late.


Yup, that'll teach me not to open a ton of threads and leisurely read and respond to them.
Link Posted: 11/18/2012 7:41:41 PM EST
A Masterpiece.
Link Posted: 11/18/2012 8:05:05 PM EST
It's a beautiful movie.

Go into it realizing that it is slowly paced.


Also:


Link Posted: 11/19/2012 2:59:47 AM EST
Originally Posted By Screechjet1:
One of the best movies ever made, period.

The special effects alone have stood decades.


Yeah, the special effects still look better than the CGI bullshit they put into movies now.

OP should check out Barry Lyndon as well, another Kubrick masterpiece.
Link Posted: 11/19/2012 3:01:37 AM EST
Originally Posted By sigp226:
It is an amusing aside how many people have explained that the audience has to read the novel in order to get it, then said it's the best science fiction movie ever.

It had nice music and pretty special effects.

As far as its brilliance - sorry. It was a turd. Kubrick was so busy being brilliant that he forgot to explain his brilliance to the audience. "I don't get it," doesn't automatically mean that the subject is brilliant. It often means that the subject was poorly explained. Yes, there are no spoken words for the first twenty five minutes. After the first fifteen minutes, I wanted to murder a mime.


Actually there was a voice over during the opening - based on Clarke's book - but Kubrick edited it out at the end.

At least that's what I've read.
Link Posted: 11/19/2012 3:02:23 AM EST
Boring but worth seeing at least once...it is brilliant in parts...groundbreaking in 1968.
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