Thursday, July 28, 2011
#166: 2001: A Space Odyssey
I have no doubt that 2001: A Space Odyssey is the most captivating movie of all-time because:
every single frame, and I can't say this for any other movie so confidently, can be admired for eternity for the shot composition.
the music speaks in this movie.
it makes you wonder if you are getting the drift of it all and yet you don't get bored for a second.
the visuals, and here I mean the vagueness of some of it, doesn't irk you but astounds you.
this is a movie made in 1968 and till this date I don't think it has been bettered as far as the genre of science fiction is concerned.
of the minimalistic use of dialogue.
it's a true canvas of why filmmaking is a director's medium and actors can belong to it but not own it.
in a lot of scenes you'll wonder 'how would they have shot this?'
it teaches you that the abstract can also be appealing.
it tells you that terror can be invoked in the mind of the audience without even as much of a hint of violence.
it is timeless poetry in the garb of a motion picture.
it is Kubrick. Nothing more. Nothing less.