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2001: A Space, Odyssey?!? – Daily Blog #71

I’ve just finished watching “2001: A Space Odyssey” for the first time, and, well, I don’t get it.

As a teen I didn’t really watch films; I struggled to stay focused and usually ended up in my own head thinking about god knows what.

Now that I’ve gotten older it’s gotten a lot better, probably due in part to my new appreciation for editing and video production. And over the last few years I’ve been (very) slowly working through some of the titles I always avoided back in the day.

“The Godfather”, “Scarface”, “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” – all examples of films that a decade ago couldn’t hold my attention but since then I’ve watched and really enjoyed.

2001 was different, though. While I’m impressed at the advanced cinematography this film uses, given that it’s nearly 50 years old, the story just didn’t really do anything for me. I felt no connection to the characters, found myself wanting to skip ahead, and right to the end was wondering when the film was actually going to start. 

Maybe I’m wrong, but is this film really all that amazing? Did I get it mixed up with something else? Or is just an incredible showcase for cinema back in the day?

As far as I’m concerned, “The Shining” is still Kubrick’s best film.


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