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.
The story is told almost exclusively through its visuals, with dialog only sprinkled in. To say that it’s influential is to do it a disservice as it changed not only cinema but also perceptions of what cinema is capable of. Granted, it can be confusing, and at times (dare we say it) a 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