2001: A Space Odyssey

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Heralded as one of the greatest science fiction movies ever made, 2001: A Space Odyssey is told in three main parts. The first deals with the dawn of man, as apes learn the use of tools (i.e. weapons) to defend a watering hole. The second follows an American investigating a strange find on the moon. The third, making up the bulk of the movie, presents David Bowman on a mysterious mission to a remote portion of our solar system. What these parts have in common is just part of the fun of 2001.

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There are some violent images involving the apes that ClearPlay trims. ClearPlay also cuts some mild profanity in other parts of the movie. The film broaches the idea of evolution, and there are scenes of intensity that could trouble younger viewers (e.g. an astronaut is cut off into space to die). Maybe more challenging is the overall tone and pace of the film, which will alienate audiences accustomed to more action in their space operas.

Does 2001 put the “odd” in Odyssey?…

I recently rewatched 2001 with some family members. They now think I’m from outer space because I love this film, while the movie only left them scratching their heads. Indeed, 2001 is esoteric and sloooooow, with a conclusion that is all but incomprehensible. It’s also staggeringly beautiful, with groundbreaking special effects. For those who give themselves over to the rhythms of Stanley Kubrick’s vision, have an adventurous spirit and keep an open mind, enjoy!
Marty Nabhan— ClearPlay Final Frontier Explorer
Rated PG; 141 mi; Directed By Stanley Kubrick
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