‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ Just Might Be the Greatest Science-Fiction Film Ever Made

I love science fiction. This genre provides some of the most entertaining movies of all time, delivering eclectic stories that stretch the imagination. I’ve heard of 2001: A Space Odyssey and I knew it was regarded as one of the best science-fiction films of all time. I knew so little about the movie that I literally thought it came out in the late 1990s’ or early 2000s’. Imagine my surprise when I learned it came out in 1968 and imagine my even deeper surprise when I discovered how well-made the movie’s effects and story turned out to be.

Now, despite my praise of the film I didn’t finish the movie. I couldn’t. I’m that person who walk out of the movie theater if something is either too scary or too disturbing. 2001: A Space Odyssey disturbed me deeply.

Throughout the first third of the film we are introduced to this strange alien life form during some long and drawn-out scenes that come accompanied with a haunting piece of music that made me very nervous. The second third of the movie feels like ALIEN except with a super intelligent robot named HAL that gradually kills off all but one of the ship’s passengers. HAL is one of the worst movie villains of all time. And, undoubtedly, he is officially the scariest robot that I’ve seen in a movie. Geez!

The last bit of the movie is where I had to make my abrupt departure. Kubrick’s vision of space travel takes a psychedelic turn that had me staring at the screen in crease-eyebrowed horror. I was okay with everything…until I wasn’t. It got to a point where I was so deeply disturbed and wary of what visual trauma I was going to see next that I elected to stop the film. I would later find out what happened at the end of the movie thanks to the plot’s layout on Wikipedia along with other individuals’ movie reviews so essentially I finished the movie, just not visually.

Prior to this, Interstellar was my favorite science-fiction movie of all time. It still is but undoubtedly 2001: A Space Odyssey takes the cake for sheer sci-fi brilliance. The great thing about this genre is you can go as wacky as you’d like to. Kubrick did that and more. I’ve never seen a film that wasn’t a horror movie that disturbed me so greatly. Thankfully, I watched it with my sister in the early morning instead of at nighttime because I clearly would’ve lost sleep.

What do you think about 2001: A Space Odyssey (if you’ve seen it)? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.

I thank you for reading and I hope you have a wonderful day.

2 thoughts on “‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ Just Might Be the Greatest Science-Fiction Film Ever Made”

  1. I guess in some respects I don’t know where I’d draw the line, I’d consider Star Wars science fiction even if it’s obviously in the “space opera” sub-category. As a hard sci-fi movie though? I’d say I liked Interstellar or the original Matrix better. 2001 is really slow, and I don’t know if I think it holds up very well. You evidently didn’t stick around long enough for the end… but it’s basically 15 minutes or more of Bowman being wide eyed as he’s flying through a reeeeeeeeally long and drawn heap of psychedelic lights. And then he turns into the Star Child, which is basically a pseudo-alien space fetus. Suuuuper abstract and not well explained whatsoever. I imagine in the 60s this sort of on-screen acid trip would’ve been neat. Today, it just comes off as dull and weird.

    Sadly, the first Star Trek movie was obviously heavily influenced by this. I would argue that that was the worst Trek movie ever made. 80% of the movie is reaction shots of the bridge crew while weird lights are going by on the screen — very, very 2001. People usually point at ST5 as the worst Star Trek movie (and I would probably add Insurrection to the list), but I would postulate that that one was bad, but at least watchable. The first one isn’t even watchable. It’s seriously hard to go from beginning to end of that movie without falling asleep, IMO. The concept was good… if it’d been a one hour episode minus commercials. Feature length? Terrible.

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    1. Let me tell you, Interstellar is one of my favorite movies of all time. In fact, it’s in my top 5 list. The Matrix is also really good too and definitely better than 2001: A Space Odyssey. I saw the psychedelic space travel. Wasn’t a fan of the weirdness. It, in fact, prompted me to turn the movie off.

      But…2001: A Space Odyssey is a powerful sci-fi film that really is the embodiment of the genre. And that’s why I believe it is one of the best science-fiction films ever made, whether you abhor it or love it.

      I’ve never seen the first Star Trek film and now I know not to. Lol. Thanks!


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