2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) Film Review

DIRECTOR: Stanley Kubrick
HAL 9000 the psychotic gay computer aboard the Discovery One Spaceship, bound for Jupiter, is in love with mission pilot and scientist Dr. David “Dave” Bowman played by Keir Dullea. HAL quickly eliminates Dave’s copilot Dr. Frank Poole (Gary Lockwood) and the other three astronauts who are making the journey in suspended animation.
From then on it’s just HAL and Dave.
From the opening shot of our human ancestors encountering an alien monolith on the prehistoric African veldt to Dave at various ages encountering the same monolith in his large neoclassical bedroom, “2001” is quite the trip. For this reason, any ancillary substances we consume to enhance our appreciation of Mr. Kubrick’s genius are alright by me. In fact, they may be essential for the full “2001” EXPERIENCE!
Cinematography by Geoffrey Unsworth.
The original score by Alex North was scrapped by Kubrick in favor of various classical pieces most notably Richard Strauss’s “Thus Spake Zarathustra” and Johann Strauss II’s “The Blue Danube.”

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