2001One of my first posts, before getting on line, was about this film, and consequently no one really saw my write on this.  I think Georgina Richardson was the only person to see it, and I can still remember her comments.  So, I feel confident that she’d agree……It’s well worth putting out there again for discussion.
This morning I was on the phone with a friend, and I mentioned this film, the response I got made me cringe.  She said; “I don’t like those Star Trek kinds of movies!”  At which point I began feeling sick to my stomach.  I mean, how could someone put this movie in category with ANY movie at all.   There IS no category for this movie.  It stands alone.  It has withstood the test of time better than any other film, EVER!  It’s scope and vision have not even been attempted since it’s arrival in 1968.  It is the single best experience, in a movie theatre, that I have EVER had or expect to ever have.  It is not a “Space” movie.  It is a film about the evolution of mankind.  It is a prophecy, as well as an option for what one may believe about GOD.
For the first 2 minutes of this film, the screen is completely black, while the music begins building and building, to a point where it insinuates that what you are about to see will transport you.  It does not disappoint.  This opening has never been done in any other film.  (Overture’s yes, but not like this.)  It’s much like live theatre, in this way.  It opens with “The Dawn Of Man” and its interpretation of the world before man had gained reason, and how the arrival of an “Object of God” (referred to as the Monolith) gifted man “reason” thus ensuring the survival of humanity.  It goes on to touch on the subject of mans future, a prophecy of where man “could be” hundreds of years from now.  Then another appearance of the “God Object” on another planet, to reaffirm man’s belief system.  It is truly a MAGNIFICENT film to behold.  But, do NOT see this film without a great sound system or killer headphones because the music is such an integral part of the film itself.  It’s predictions of what technology will be in the future are just now coming into the world’s consciousness, mind you, this movie is nearly 50 years old.  It is mind blowing to think that this film could be made so long ago, much less conceived of, but then again, Kubrick is a God, when it comes to filmmakers.  So now that I’ve gotten all of that out of the way, allow me to share with you what happened to me as I watched this masterpiece……
The film implies (infers?) that men will develop a sustainable future source and that space exploration will be big government business.  Now, I don’t know about you, but as soon as that idea , of a sustainable fuel source jumped out at me, my mind went into overdrive. (I’m sure think tanks and individuals have been toying with these notions for years)  What if we could really develop a sustainable fuel source?  Think how the world would change.  We could fix the ozone and heal the planet while leaving an incredible legacy for our children to build truth and honor upon.  We’d be able to build cities that could explore our galaxy (and beyond) and develop new resources for everything from precious metals to food sources.  As long as were not harming any other living things, I can easily see this as a part of the “Grand Design” of evolution.  This film is so thought provoking, that the sense of awe you feel as you watch it unfold, is unparalleled.  I cannot speak highly enough about this film and the vision of its director Stanley Kubrick.  It is a light that shines like no other, in the cinematic galaxy, that only a person with absolutely no curiosity at all, should ever miss.  It is RIGHT NOW, the greatest film the world has ever produced.  If we had to choose a film to submit to our neighbors in the universe (except that it doesn’t approach the subject of love) would certainly be on the short list.  In my opinion, for sheer vision alone, it is the BEST film ever made……………….I am Dartanion2………and that’s the way I see it…………cheers …t  xx