Not as much a movie as an experience, 2001: A Space Odyssey is nevertheless a supreme achievement.
At the dawn of history, prehistoric hominids rise one morning and discover a jet black monolith. Soon after, they first use tools. Jumping forward millions of years, humans discover yet another monolith buried on the moon. Soon after, they venture to Jupiter.
Influential? That doesn’t even begin to cover it. 2001: A Space Odyssey changed not only cinema but also perceptions of what cinema can be. The story is told almost exclusively through its visuals, with dialog only sprinkled in. Granted, this can make for a confusing and, dare we say it, dull voyage. But all in all, this is a masterfully made Gordian knot that is well worth untangling.
Directed by Stanley Kubrick.
Starring Keir Dullea and Gary Lockwood.
142 Minutes – Rated G