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2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

 There are many films out there in which a variety of people consider to be the best movie of all time. Films like “Citizen Kane” and “Gone with the Wind” are easily considered classics and top many movie lists. However, my favorite movie of all time is 1968’s “2001: A Space Odyssey.” Sure, there are many other movies that do hold the title of the greatest movie of all time. But this film is what I consider to be brilliant, perfect and without a doubt, amazing. Directed by Stanley Kubrick and co-written with author Arthur C. Clarke, based off his short story ‘The Sentinel’, “2001: A Space Odyssey” is a science fiction masterpiece. Now there are quite a number of viewers who have watched this film and got confused as to what it is the meaning of the movie. Hopefully, with this review, a new perspective of this movie will gain a little understanding of what is going on. If you look closer at the film, you will notice a very talented work of art. “2001: A Space Odyssey” is a visual study of how and what technology has done for us, and where it might lead to our downfall.

 To try and understand what the plot of “2001: A Space Odyssey” is definitely taking up a challenge. A theory that I have is that the entire movie is three little films on their own. Connected by one interesting plot device. The first story showcases the Dawn of Man learning how to survive with the creation of the weapon. The second story gives the audience at advanced technology and the enhancements of space exploration. It is here that we find out that mankind is not alone. The third and final story details how why machines will become superior to us humans. All of these stories come together with the sighting of a large black monolith that expands the universe to its full potential.

 Honestly, there are too many reasons as to why I choose “2001: A Space Odyssey” as my favorite movie of all time. So, I will just list a few of them. For one thing, the story is very intriguing. It explains how far in technology we humans have become, and what ultimately be in store for us soon. For example, the idea of talking on a phone through a video screen seemed impossible back in the late 1960s; now it is fully realized on a phone the size of one’s palm. A while the information and special effects might seem dated by today’s standards, the film still holds up very well enough that one cannot believe that this was from the 1960s.

 The music is eerie at certain moments, and the use of ‘The Blue Danube’ creates a sense of relaxation. In fact, most of the movie feels like a silent film, especially at the beginning and the end. Stanley Kubrick’s direction is brilliant. Douglas Rain, who provided the chilling voice of HAL, delivers the most outstanding performance in the movie. And the huge impact that this movie has is extraordinary. From inspiring other filmmakers to actual space travel, “2001: A Space Odyssey” has everything.

There are plenty of movies out that many call the best film of all time. But for me, “2001: A Space Odyssey” is that great film. It’s an experience that you need to check out.

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