2001: A Space Odyssey

As I mentioned in class on Tuesday, Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey quite literally takes you on a journey.  The film seeks to transform the viewer in a profound way.  Here is your opportunity to record your experience.  How did the film “work” on your body and mind.  Please respond in 50 words by 9 am Thursday (tomorrow).


38 thoughts on “2001: A Space Odyssey

  1. The movie itself is great! It is an accurate representation of space travel minus the goof up where the crew is walking on the moon and they’re walking as they would on earth. The movie messed with my head as space travel freaks me out which is something I’m sure the movie was going for.

  2. Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey definitely left me feeling like I had been on a journey but at the end, I wasn’t quite sure where the film had taken me. Especially towards the end of the film where Kubrick seemed to veer away from linear storytelling. What I did enjoy about the film was that for the most part there was very little nondiegetic sound which helped the viewer to really feel like they were in space because there is no sound in space.

  3. The beginning of the film really intrigued me. The cinematography was beautiful, and the simplicity of early man going about in their everyday lives was really cool to watch. Then, the monolith came.. and the tool was introduced. Honestly that scene with the bashing of the bones and the infamous soundtrack was just iconic. No other word for it. Then HAL came along. I have never despised a robot or character more in my life. Humans…we rely on way too much. I know this is a super common theme in Sci Fi today, but 2001: A Space Odyssey was the first to shove this in our faces and force us to understand.

    • After watching this film, it was an interesting experience. The loud chorus conveyed this uncertainty and fear in the monolith. Near the end, the bright colorful lights were quite bizarre to look at. However, it was also intriguing to witness the main character’s perspective as he has this mind-blowing and trippy experience through space.

  4. I think Kubrick’s intention was to make the viewer question the role technology plays in human achievement. The “divine intervention” of the obelisk led to a greater understanding of technology, but it was only after Dave triumphed over HAL (the greatest human-made technology ever) that he could truly reach some sort of celestial enlightenment.

  5. This movie had stunning visuals and a phenomenal score that really brings me into the movie. The white and shiny set isn’t anything we haven’t seen before but that’s only because this movie is one of the first of its kind and newer movies have pulled aspects from this movie.

  6. The last quarter of the film warps the viewer’s own perception of time and space itself through the unusual use of visuals and score. This becomes something so powerful in tandem that watching this film is nothing less than embarking on a great odyssey, completely removed from a sense of self.

  7. While 2001: A Space Odyssey wasn’t a film I thought was particularly riveting, it’s easy to see why people enjoyed it. The cinematography along with the soundtrack are beautiful and harmonize well. The film transformed the sci-fi genre and many aspects have been taken and used in more modern movies such as Interstellar.

  8. The film really forced me to pay attention to every detail. Every detail in every scene contributes to this grand atmosphere of importance, menace, and intrigue. Kubrick obviously spent a lot of time creating this interplay between audio and visual landscape. Every scene just seems to be dripping with Kubrick’s desired atmosphere.

  9. There are many reasons why 2001: A Space Odyssey blends the lines of film and art, but one factor stands out to me: the ending. Many movies fail to stay on my mind after I watch them, but Kubrick’s film had me pondering and speculating the meaning and purpose behind it, especially the ending. It really is a shame I didn’t see it on the big screen first.

  10. 2001: A Space Odyssey left me confused and with a headache. There were sounds that made my skin crawl, such as the high pitched tone of the Monolith and Dave’s breathing. You can’t forget HAL’s calm yet eery voice, especially as Dave is trying to deactivate him. There were also images of bright neon colors being used to portray space travel, and it looked psychedelic. These details were further amplified to the audience in moments with little to no sound, as if to capture our attention and to force us to try to understand what is happening by relying heavily on visual content.

    • I found this film to be rather difficult to engage in. Its cinematography and special effects were stunning, but the amount of time that lacked any dialogue or specific action hindered my personal experience. I became most intrigued when I began to witness the potential danger of sentient artificial intelligence.

  11. One thing that intrigued me about this film was how the lack of dialogue resulted in a hyper-sensitivity to the other sounds. Every step, click, beep, bone bashing, and more I found to be overwhelmingly loud compared to the previous silence. When Kubrick did incorporate dialogue, it was short and to the point as if emphasizing the noiselessness of space. The contrasts he made using sound made me think of how quiet it must be for the astronauts, and how loud a simple beep from a machine must be for them.

  12. Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey contains incredible visual effects complemented by an excellent score. The film does a great job of causing the viewer to become lost in the film, almost forgetting that they’re watching a film. One example of this happens when Dr. Bowman’s pod is pulled into a vortex. The viewer is overwhelmed by the array of colors and sounds as Dr. Bowman’s pod travels through the vortex.

  13. Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey really gives the viewer the feeling that they are there in space. From the very slow pans of space stations moving to pods floating into the station, the viewer really feels like they are there. In the last few shot of the movie, the viewer can feel like they are staring at the character laying in the bed because of the duration of the shot. Also, the trippy parts when the main character is flying into space is surreal.

  14. I really don’t know how to feel about this movie. Like other classmates have mentioned, the sounds in it were annoying. I really couldn’t stand the sounds on the chimpanzees screeching and the sound of Dave’s breathing. The transitions into new scenes also took way too long, which made it hard to pay attention and stay focused on what was happening. I also didn’t love the lack of dialogue. I going to be honest and say that I had a really hard time making it through the whole movie, let alone understand what was going on. Like you mentioned in class that the popular movie critic at the time said, I didn’t get it. I will say that the one thing it did well was allowing the viewer to get lost in the film with the long transitions and complete silence at some points.

    • I felt the same way about this movie, especially with struggling to pay attention during the long transitions and slow scenes. The plot had potential to be more interesting, but I found most of the scenes to be too long and drawn out. On a positive note, I appreciated some of the visuals and special effects primarily because I understand that they were impressive for the time it was produced. Trying to imagine myself watching it in a theater during its exhibition, allows me to have a better appreciation for the odyssey that the director was trying to portray to the audience.

  15. Honestly, I found the film long and tedious but I did not find in unremarkable. The journey, across space, is endured to solve the mystery of the monolith. The journey into the mind of an intelligent computer incapable of error who turns murderous creates real suspense. The journey of Bowman (of man) deeper into the mystery of the monolith, though the stages of life, death, rebirth and return, create hope.

  16. The movie had great screen play and a intriguing affect that really attracted me to the movie. The way Stanly Kubrick illustrated the white and glossy scenery isn’t anything new to the viewers but being a newer movie, you can say the film was ahead of its time. The reason the movie is ahead of its time is cause the film displayed colorful and different sound that most individuals haven’t seen in film. Overall the film was a great experience.

  17. This film had some rather discomforting moments for me. The opening, black screen with the distorted, high pitch tones really made me anxious. I felt this way throughout actually, especially when there were the layered vocal sounds playing for extended moments. It felt as though they went on for a lifetime. I kept thinking to myself, “Stop this noise. Stop this noise.” I had an extremely difficult time listening to these sounds and concentrating on the visuals simultaneously. It was all very stimulating, and I think my senses were undeniably on an “odyssey” of some sort.

  18. 2001: A space Odyssey is most definitely captivating for the viewers body and mind.Kubrick did an incredible job focusing in on the use of technology and its importance. He took the idea of space travel into a reality, no tiny green aliens, or fictional space figures, instead; he used revolutionary special affects and the talking HAL computer that helped the astronauts during their odyssey. It captured the audiences imagination in a device, decades before our chatty devices like Alexa and Siri do now. He kept the known voiceovers and dialogues to a minimal, and allowed our mind and body to watch a rebirth of humankind take place right in front of our eyes.

  19. Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey gives the viewer a fully immersive experience in the movie and space. Kubrick does a great job with the sound and cinematography while undoubtedly annoying and excessive at times with either loud noises or constant changes in scenery, it still really envelops the viewer. I agree with other students who say it is boring because at times i wondered what was going on because of the minimal narrative. However, it is clear that Kubrick’s ability to show these space possibilities in a realistic way was amazing.

  20. This film gives the viewer an up close and personal view into what astronauts experience while in space. The most intriguing part of this film to me was how technology is being added as a third division of intelligence. Man has proven to be the superior over animals but technology adds a new idea to the word intelligence. This film is different from other films like it because of how it shows the interaction of humans and artificial intelligence and foreshadows the dependence that humans will have on artificial intelligence in the future.

  21. 2001: A Space Odyssey is a an extremely unique movie. It is evident that the director wanted to immerse the viewer in the movie, and on some level allow them to try and understand his view of space travel. It is also clear that throughout the movie Kubrick was very direct especially in set design to truly bring light to the idea of space travel as a reality. However, I thought the ending of the film was the most significant. I would say the ending was enigmatic and ambiguous. The ending evokes the viewers senses and allows them to interpret their overall mood towards what happened.

  22. 2001: A Space Odyssey is a captivating movie for viewers in which it took them on a journey through the film. Throughout the film, there were definitely some parts like with the absence of dialogue where you can get lost as to what is going on. There are some elements that are used to have the senses of the viewer being brought to the surface such as with the high-pitched sounds and the flashing images of neon colors. It was very interesting to me how the humans were so dependent on the technology and artificial intelligence to help with the progression of the mission.

  23. 2001: A Space Odyssey is not a movie to sit down and relax too. It was a well-made movie and looked amazing but it didn’t feel fun to watch. I laughed at inappropriate moments ( I mean that baby is really creepy) and was confused for a majority of the time. I can see the importance of the film but I didn’t feel different coming out of it.

  24. The 2001 a space odyssey is a pretty impressive story. One thing I liked is how the movie switches between protagonists. Although I would have liked to have ha better understanding of each character.The film seems very interested to how we as humans interact with technology and how choices create the certain outcomes that we see. It’s also interesting how some of the ethical points of views can be looked at today.

  25. While what is now considered cliche, was revolutionary for this movie. The simple fact that the film was shot so precisely and deliberately allows it to look timeless. The concepts the movie explored are revolutionary considering the film is released in 1968. This is before the moon landing, and the film truly reflects the idea that nothing is beyond our human capabilities. Despite that now in hindsight it is clear the movie is unrealistic for the year 2001, it doesn’t seem to be as much of a problem as some people had with Back to the Future and the year 2015.

  26. After watching this movie, it was clear how much influence it had on sci-fi later on. An interesting space adventure, classic score that is still remembered today, and moments that left me confused and speechless, like the minute or so of black screen and definitely that trippy ending (seriously, what was with that giant baby?!). I wouldn’t say I enjoyed it a whole lot, since some moments seemed to drag on with nothing, but it’s an experience for anyone to witness.

  27. This movie does an amazing job with the sound, it really intrigued me and kept me hooked. Although I did find it a little hard to follow along with and I felt myself confused for most of the movie. But I can see how it paved the way for future sci-fi films, as you can see many elements in this film that are put into others. I just wish I wasn’t so confused the whole time.

  28. This movie “worked” on my body and mind through an incredible immersion into the universe of the film. As we started it and are left watching a black screen with a low rumble that opens up to a beautiful shot and music to make it sound Grand I just feel immersed, and every shot that showed a minor spectacle like walking upside down just added to this immersion. Every shot from HAL’s perspective made me feel like in a way I was there and out in space where we can only hear the air sounds like it’s leaking I felt a sense of urgency and worry that further immersed me.

  29. For me, the movie was a bit of a trip, very visually stimulating. the introduction somehow turns a plain black screen with a little background noise into the most interesting thing, immersing you in the movie right off the bat. the soundtrack of the movie, which is infamous in its own regard, is very surreal feeling, and makes you feel something in its scenes, some suspense, some excitement, it varies from scene to scene but all in all it is a very immersive experience.

  30. Stanley Kubricks 2001: A Space Odyssey is mainly a journey of the mind that explores the tools man uses to help him survive and thrive. From the bone that the ape- person first uses ad a weapon at the beginning of the film to the space shuttles and computers we see in the near future, man uses various tools to help him survive and make his life easier. However, in the film’s third act, we see a too, HAL, turn against it’s human creators and try to destroy it!s makers. We’ve traveled thousands of years to witness the evolution of the relationship between man and his tools. Once a product of man’s inventiveness and ingenuity, the tools are now trying to destroy those who created them.

  31. 2001: A Space Odyssey is a film that requires a deeper understanding of everything portrayed on the screen in order to truly grasp everything. It is a visual and emotional journey that pacts a lot (into a really long time frame). It’s a journey that starts out 4 million years ago leading to the future (at the time it was released) and shows humankind’s need for exploration and knowledge and also showing the dangers and limitations of it.

  32. To me, this movie felt very long, hard to follow, and a little bit slow. Many of the scenes felt like they lasted far too long and at times I wasn’t sure how I was supposed to be reacting to what was going on. It left me feeling a bit confused throughout. It was definitely not my style or something I would normally be interested in. On the other hand, the cinematography for this movie was really amazing, especially for its time. The shots in space and the shots with the gorillas were definitely a little bit iconic, especially paired with the soundtrack. Overall, I definitely can see how this movie sort of paved the way for other sci-fi movies to come.

  33. Kubricks 2001:A Space Odyssey was adrenaline to my body and mind by taking me into the world of space. The neon colors heightened the experience by exiting our senses and provoking our eyes to notice the space they took us to was definitively extraterrestrial and out of what a normal human can imagine. What stimulate my mind the most was HAL. A machine does not make mistakes, HAL had a calculated move to get rid of humans that were hindering the mission. This was programmed in him to do so. HAL himself states, “it can only be attributable to human error”. However, he is still machine and disregards the diversity of the human mind. This blew my mind because I truly believe this will be our word in years to come.

  34. This Kubrick film was almost an exercise of body and mind throughout the movie. From the perfectly timed shots to the authenticity of each shot, almost to make us feel as though we are in the presence of an extraterrestrial force. Arguably aside from the monoliths that pop up during the film, HAL 9000 seems to be the one main force we all have to fear, especially given his intent on hurting those who would even slightly attempt to interfere with the mission. When he tries to tell Dave he’s afraid as he is being disconnected, I felt a sense of repetition. But I also really liked the way the film started, from the dawn of the ages, that really got me engaged for a film that arguably moves pretty slowly.

  35. Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey was a very difficult film to watch. From the very beginning of the film, the viewer is almost tested on their patience by staring at a black screen for what almost feels like an eternity. This is also present in the several shots that consist of nothing but space and unsettling music that is not overly pleasing to the ears at first listen which is a task on the viewer throughout the film.

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