• Tobias Liberman

Review - 2001: A Space Odyssey

Updated: Sep 26, 2020

This review isn’t going to be very long, because there is really nothing that has not been said about this film already. 

2001: A Space Odyssey is one of the only films I would call perfect. Everything about it, from the script to the special effects to the acting is at the very best it can be.

To kick things off, 2001: A Space Odyssey is one of the best looking movies I have ever seen. Everything about this movie’s presentation from the colors to the camerawork is absolutely stunning. Truly spectacular work from the late great John Alcott.

Another thing that makes this film so fantastic are the special effects. These were truly groundbreaking for their time and the effect that they had on cinema can be seen in movies such as Star Wars, which came out a full nine years after 2001. I would go as far as to say that the visual effects in 2001 are superior to the effects of many modern Sci-Fi and action films from today’s age! 

Something else to add about 2001 is, of course, the actors, and the lines they are reading. This three-hour epic consists of only forty-five minutes of dialogue, and somehow still manages to convey its story properly and perfectly, thanks to the amazing performances and the three-act structure that fits well with the rest of the story. This same structure makes the movie at times feel like a play. Hell, there’s even an intermission! 

Speaking of said intermission, the film has many moments where there is visually nothing happening on the screen, yet the soundtrack is blasting. The film opens with one of these moments, and it sets the tone for the film perfectly: strange and inventive. Leading on from that, one final thing to mention about Kubrick’s film is the soundtrack. As opposed to a score, the only music that we hear throughout is a collection of Kubrick's favorite classical pieces. As said before, these set the mood for the film perfectly, and are only used sparingly in important moments of the film.

Overall, I would say that 2001: A Space Odyssey is an unmistakable masterpiece that cannot be beaten and is a must-watch for anyone who has any interest in the art of cinema whatsoever.

Here at The CinemaScope, we definitely recommend this picture and give it our perfect rating.


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