Top 100 Movie Review: #22 – 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

A Movie So At Ease With Itself.

The weirdness and slow pacing never bothered me — this film is confident without trying to win you over. 

2001-A-Space-Odyssey-1968-UK-Quad-Film-Poster-1American Film Institute’s Ranking: #22/100
Academy Awards: Nominated for four winning for special effects.
My Rating: StarStarStar

This movie opens with a 30 minute sequence without a single speck of dialogue. It ends with a cosmic fever dream of technicolor leaving us only with questions. It’s completely weird, but it isn’t trying to impress us or convince us of anything; it just does what it wants to without a sales pitch.

It’s the difference between trying to convince you that it’s artsy (hey! look at how avant-garde I am!) and just being artsy (I don’t really give a fuck what you think). Somehow the latter dismissive approach was the better way to win me over. The pace is sometimes equal to the velocity of a snail, but the plodding builds to exquisite moments.

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