in about 100 words or less
USA 141m, Colour
Director: Stanley Kubrick; Cast: Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood, William Sylvester, Daniel Richter, Leonard Rossiter, Douglas Rain (voice)
Kubrick set a new standard for science-fiction in film with 2001, which arguably is the most technically advanced and beautifully filmed motion picture ever made to that point in cinema’s history. Astonishingly, the film’s special effects continue to look remarkably good – even after the 40+ years of technological improvements. The slow and deliberate pacing of the film, the sparsity of dialogue, and the extensive use of classical music enhance Kubrick’s extraordinary cinematography. Of note are the film’s incredible set design, lighting, model making and still photography, all of which are integral components to the film’s look and feel. Underlying the story, which attempts to discover the origins of a pair of matching obelisks, are themes of human evolution, technology and extraterrestrial life. Although the conclusion of the film barely resolves the mysterious nature of the plot, it leaves the viewer to devise their own interpretation from the abstract conclusions which are presented (Klaus Ming January 2010).