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on February 26, 2014
Clean picture, vivid colors. 2001 is an interesting movie. I'm not sure it's even science fiction. Certainly not a 1950s type of space opera or monster movie. The wordless scenes with the apes is classic, and the real sci fi meat of the excursion begins on a shuttle from Earth to a double-wheel space station shown under construction. There's a scene with some Russian astronauts or business people which bored the pants off me when I was a kid, but which I think is brilliant now that I'm an adult and realize what was being said in the exchange. Then onto another shuttle to the moon. The use of the then-thriving Pan Am airlines as a commercial carrier for Earth-to-the-Moon travel was brilliant, having their logo on the spaceships. The last bit of glorious sci fi hardware is when the shuttle lands on the moon in an underground base. Awesome stuff.
Then off to another meeting, which I could not comprehend as a kid, but which, again, makes all too much sense to me as an adult -- the cover story promoted by the US after they find an obleisk buried on the Moon. From there on we meet the HAL 9000 unit and it's more of a suspense story, with their computer going insane and trying to kill the astronauts. Or perhaps acting to keep humans from meeting whatever the scenes on Jupiter were supposed to mean.
Was the final third of the movie Kubrick's idea of what an LSD experience was like? Keir Dullea is excellent throughout. The best part of the movie, really. Inspired casting.
Overall? I've been collecting sci fi movies for 20+ years now, and only last week got around to buying a copy of 2001. So maybe it's not great science fiction, but it does have some awesome sci fi hardware, and shown not as speculation, but as if it were actually functioning, which was revolutionary for sci fi up until 2001. Compare and contrast 2001 with Dark Star from 1974 or 1975. And then Aliens, and the Space Marines ("I hate this job.").
You've gotta see this, if only because it's a great movie. Just maybe not great sci fi.