Synopsis: Astronaut on the hunt for alien granite countertops matches wits with homicidal-yet-incredibly-laid back computer.
Blurb From the VHS Jacket: “2001 is a spectacular movie that grows even more wondrous with each viewing. Stanley Kubrick’s masterpiece has awesome scope, touching the limits of interplanetary space and penetrating man’s inner destiny.”
What Did I Learn?: Strauss’ Blue Danube can become surprisingly irritating if it’s played for a long time.
Really?: 1) Um…why exactly does HAL go all O.J. on the crew, and what does that have to do with finding monoliths? 2) So, early humans looked exactly like…gorillas? 3) Did HAL really believe Dave was going to buy his “I’ll be good” bullshit after he murdered the entire crew? Couldn’t HAL have made a deal along the lines of “leave me a alone or I’ll empty the ship of oxygen”?
Rating: 2001: A Space Odyssey is widely considered to be a science fiction classic – even one of the best films ever made – but I have to admit that I have very mixed feelings about it. The HAL-goes-bananas sub-plot is unrelated to the main storyline, and holy crap – I realize Stanley Kubrick had a big special effects budget, but did he really think audiences enjoyed watching spaceships gliding along for minutes at a time? 2001: A Space Odyssey is incredibly imaginative and thought-provoking, and it was huge influence on any number of later movies and television shows, but it’s also pretentious, dull for entire stretches, and far too long. 7/10 stars.