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2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
The Greatest Science Fiction Film Of All Time
Along with "Psycho", "The Godfather", and "Vertigo", "2001: A Space Odyssey' is one of a select few films that define my love of cinema. It is a motion picture that is far more unique than any first time viewer can imagine. It has little dialog, the acting is poor, and the film instead relies on breathtaking visuals and classical music to hypnotize the viewer. And the first time I saw "2001", that simply didn't cut it. But on second viewing, I realized that I simply couldn't have been more wrong. Because this time, for some reason, I was totally engrossed by the film, by the visionary directing, by the cold calculations of HAL 9000. And it was then that I realized, the only way for something like that to occur, was that "2001: A Space Odyssey" had to be a work of genius.
And as to the common accusations of "wooden acting"? Simply a major point that the film is trying to make. In his final days, man has developed his tools (HAL) to the point that they are more human than man itself. But I won't bore the reader with my own interpretations of this colossal masterpiece. As Kubrick once said, we are all free to speculate "2001"'s meaning, so what are you waiting for? Let your own journey to the stars begin.