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2001: A Space Odyssey

This film has been re-released in a 70 mm format created from the original negatives. The result is supposed to be a film that looks like it did when it first came out. I don’t remember seeing it when it first came out, but I have to say that I was completely blown away by the beauty and intensity of the film. The basic story begins with a story of the dawn of man when apes first became upright. A mysterious black box appears in the landscape. Cut forward to the future when a spaceship is headed to Jupiter to find the source of a strange frequency attributed to another of these mysterious boxes that found on the moon. The film is visually stunning – the color is amazing, and the scenes from space stand the test of time in a way that the old Star Wars movies don’t. The score with its use of classical music is great. And the story tackles a lot of weighty themes that still seem relevant today, including the role of artificial intelligence. It was also fun to see how Stanly Kubrick and Arthur C. Clarke envisioned the future of space travel. Huge thumbs up – for those who haven’t seen it, this is a great excuse to do so, and those how have, to see it again. It is clear why this is considered still to be one of the greatest science fiction movies ever.

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