January 12, 2013

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)



"Humanity finds a mysterious, obviously artificial, object buried beneath the Lunar surface and, with the intelligent computer H.A.L. 9000, sets off on a quest."

It's "Sci-fi Saturday" again so I've given my old $1 VHS "Deluxe Letterbox Edition" of "2001: A Space Odyssey" another try to see if it's grown on me. It hasn't.

Without doubt, "2001: A Space Odyssey" is still the most boring film that I have ever seen in my life. I wish I could say that "Solaris" (1972) is even worse, but I've only watched the 2002 remake which at least had sexy Natascha McElhone in it.

I have no idea why people rate "2001" so highly. It might look nice (for the time), but there's hardly any story. What little story there is has nothing to do with any "Odyssey" that I know about. Where is Odysseus or Circe in all of this? Nobody gets turned into pigs, there are no flirty chats between Athena and the hero, and there's no archery contest at the end. What a jip!

I suppose the scenes between the HAL 9000 computer and Bowman (Keir Dullea) perk things up a bit, and it's nice to see the much missed Rigsby (Leonard Rossiter) from "Rising Damp" in something other than an old Cinzano commercial, but right from the start with a bunch of idiots badly dressed up as monkeys, it's pretty obvious that this movie is a complete turd.


There's a tiny bit of horror towards the end when Keir Dullea is trapped on the other side of the universe in some kind of rich Elizabethan girl's bedroom until he eventually gets old and dies, but that's it. That's all I get from this.

"2001: A Space Odyssey" is just a load of cheap gorilla-gram costumes, little toy spaceships cleverly filmed to look like real ones, colourful fake spacesuits, Johann Strauss' "The Blue Danube" waltz, and a big, black, meaningless monolith which turns up simply to be arty. Nothing is answered, but no questions are posed either other than why anyone would make such a piece of crap or expect anyone else to watch it.

I'll be completely honest with you, I don't understand "2001: A Space Odyssey". Not only that, but I don't like it either. There's no action, no sexiness, no big, scary monsters. There's no message to it and no lessons to be learned other than to never watch it again.

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