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At least 40 years ahead of its Time!,
This review is from: 2001: A Space Odyssey (DVD)
Without a doubt, 2001: A Space Odyssey is one of the greatest films ever made. Kubrick's masterful style is further encapsulated in the genius idea that saying less with more is better. The opening sequences, the backdrops of space with Strauss' Blue Danube, the lack of innocuous conversations means that every word tells. I can imagine the breath being literally sucked out of the audience when this movie was first released, as in 1968 nothing even came close to the realistic depiction of the quiet, vastness of space. This movie was released one year before the Apollo moon landings, and I wonder if some of the people working at NASA derived ideas for the lunar lander based on the beautiful space sequences in this work of art. No one ever saw the earth from so high above so clearly on the movie screen, except perhaps for the astronauts on NASA's space missions who were really there. 2001 gave us the chance to see what until then was nearly impossible to imagine and to have subsequently been depicted with such breathtaking beauty, depth and imagination.
I have no doubt that George Lucas was among the young audience then, and took the whole idea of living (and fighting) in space based on what he saw in this movie. I noticed many similarities with the overhead shots of docking bays, lighting, star fields, moons and planets too common between 2001 and Star Wars to be a coincidence. That is the overwhelming and lasting impact this film has had on creative minds and intelligent appreciation for the art and science of quality, inimitable film making. How many space movies after 2001 were influenced by the sheer genius of Mr. Kubrick's and Mr. Clarke's work revealed in this awesome film! A little less I talk, I little more I watch and learn.