Thursday, 23 October 2014

Film Review: "Stanley Kubrick" 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

Figure 1: Movie poster: 2001: A Space Odyssey

"Stanley Kubricks" Space Odyssey is a very strange unique film in the sense that the narrative story is not told that much through dialogue but of the actions of the characters themselves. The film statrs in a area where apes are shown to evolve, it then cuts to an object being found on the moon, it cuts again following a space ships crew consisting of Dave Bowman (Keir Dullea) and Frank Spoole (Gary Lockwood) flying to Jupiter before showing a confusing ending. 

Figure 2: slow motion ape

this is a very slow film with heavy emphasis on suspense which is very different to what we are used to with today's modern films. "Stanley Kubrick" would make certain scenes very overly dramatic by shooting them in slow motion, he uses strong and powerful orchestral music to overly emphasise these scenes. Tom Milne a journalist for the guardian says "It turns in lazy slow motion against the sky" (Tom Milne, The Guardian, 2010) which infers the slow motion shots give greater meaning.

Figure 3: Astronauts on the moon  

"Roger Ebert" "states "This is the work of an artist so sumblimely confident that he doesn't include a single shot simply to keep our attention." (R. Ebert, 1997). This infers that everything in the film keeps interest by making us feel as though something is about to happen although nothing really does before the end. the only scenes one could say created suspense and tension were each scene with the black rectangle which something happens around with dramatic music for effect.

Figure 4: weird scene

One could say "Stanley Kubrick" could have been influenced by the era in which this film is shot. As Jonahh Oestreich pointed out that "it was the psychedelic movement of the late 1960’s"(Oestreich, 2013) There are multiple scenes in which this film were there is nothing but lights flashing and ending with a baby in a pod looking at the Earth.this film is down more to the viewers own interpretation as to what it means or is trying to convey.

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T. Milne, the guardian (2010):

R. Ebert (1997):

Oestreich. J (April 27, 2013)

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