There is nothing bad at all you can say about this movie, however. Possibly the typical intellectual cold that affects most productions autographed Stanley Kubrick. Personally, I love Kubrick's chilly and analytical style, and I literally worships his version of the future. When I saw the film at the Dragon for the first time, I was halfway in the teens, and then made the film a very deep impression on me. I was almost a religious experience.
The philosophical and theological discussion in the film, which is implied by the theme, is incredibly fascinating. The idea that aliens are the cause of man's sudden quantum jump in the level of intelligence is appealing. The logical development of this theme later turning out in space odyssey is amazing.
Man's first step was from the animal primates to ape man. It's cynical but accurate to the natural reaction of the human ancestor, when he gets the intelligent impulse to farm implements, is to use violence against their neighbor. Man's primitive territoriality and its desire to bring skanska more, regardless of the consequences, is typical. Man's next step in the evolution in 2001 is of a different degree, to become more than human, to rise from the primitive and petty thinking, to become a god.
Film Language is introvert and the storyline is often only implied. The last half hour of the film is almost unintelligible. I förstog act better after reading Arthur C. Clark's book of the same title, the book is written for the screenplay. One should read the book as a commentary on the film, to highlight what is happening on screen.
Kubrick deliberately works with long and drawn out scenes. He uses the image composition in a masterly manner. Actors columns do not seem to act rather live their roles. Their games are very verklighetestroget. It almost feels improvised (though this is an illusion since Kubrick has control over every inflection and word that the actor says). The actors express not very much emotion, even when exposed to mortal danger. Ironically, the supercomputer HAL 9000 that seems to have the clearest feelings, even though he ironically has the least variation in his tone when he talks. HAL is the real protagonist of the film. Seldom has a machine given more life on the big screen here. His neutral and psychologically persuasive voice is almost eerie and as viewers get an ominous sense of what's to come.
For some, they can be slow and protracted scenes might come across as boring. For me it's almost a visual worship. It is so beautiful and so incredibly powerful to witness that just sucked in Kubrick's world. The music is woven into the pictures, all composed by classical composers, is ingeniously chosen to create the right atmosphere. Indeed, this is the first space opera.
Although the film does not have a fast-paced and action of traditional cut, the film is incredibly fascinating and exciting the further into the movie you get. Partly of course because HAL pretty soon freaking out and for a personal war of extermination against the human crew, but above all because they want to face the unknown that awaits at the end of the journey. Once the door to the unknown opens, viewers will experience a breathtaking journey to unknown worlds. These last scenes are very psychedelic and typical for its time (the film was released in 1968), but they stand up devouring today. It is this surreal final journey into the unknown and beyond human limitations that have the potential to give the viewer a religious experience like no other movie can come close. This is definitely Kubrick's best film, and among the best films of all time at all.
This DVD edition is the best when it comes to picture and sound that so far has been released with this film. Although it is not in absolute reference, in comparison with current nysläpp, the image is very good. The only thing that can be observed is a somewhat uneasy image of shadows and sharp field and block noise in some scenes. There is also some indication of trailers artifact but it's barely worth mentioning. The sound is in 5.1 channels and sounds great for being such an old movie. The surround channels are not as active but they will in time in some scenes when they needed to create an extra dimension to the scene. Anything extra is not except a Theatrical Trailer.