2001: A Space Odyssey, a journey to remember

2001: a Space odyssey, a journey to remember


I went to 2001: A Space Odyssey in the movies at Alamo drafthouse the other weekend and it reminded me of the greatness that is 2001. I have always loved the idea of space travel, exploring new planets, and facing the unknown. “Born too late to explore earth, born too early to explore space.”  

2001: A Space Odyssey is one of my favorite all time movies. I believe that its model sculpting, soundtrack, and world building is what makes it one of the great movies of all time. 

Its model sculpting is next to none when it comes to the quality and sharpness of the models. Many models used in 2001 were hand made over many hours to represent the Kubricks dreams of a future where humans had advanced to a spacefaring stage. 

I believe the spaceport as seen at the beginning of the movie perfectly represents the care and time that Kubrick and Clarke put into the movie. The scene starts with a wide angle shot of what looks like a hamster wheel from space accompanied by an orchestra performance of sprach Zarathustra. He builds this idea of distance and time by showing the slow moving spaceship in contrast with the vastness of empty space. 

The movie’s soundtrack is one of the reasons it is such an unforgettable movie. The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra performs some of the most beautiful pieces of music in cinema. The calmness of the music perfectly accentuates the openness of space. While many scenes in this movie are super stressful scenarios it highlights the loneliness of space, as Heywood floats away to his death instead of tense music we get silence which really made me feel the loneliness He must have felt flying into the infinite abyss with nothing but his thoughts.

Kubrick’s ability in film and Clarkes world building ability makes the viewer feel as if they know this world by the end of the film. I have read many other books by Aurther C Clarke and one thing he is incredible at is world building. Many other Science Fiction authors struggle writing a world that you feel immersed in which has never been a problem for any novel I have read by Clarke. The flash back to monkeys to the wild last minutes helped build the world immensely. They are trying to tell a story of why we might believe in extraterrestrial life. I feel this story of the stone helps the viewer digest the concept of an unknown power from outer space by putting an object to it.

Arthur C Clarke and Stanley Kubrick worked together to create one of the best science fiction movies of all time.