Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) is a must-see film for a whole host of reasons. Thanks to the BFI’s re-issue of the film as part of the Sci-Fi: Days of Fear and Wonder season (an apt summary of 2001’s narrative trajectory, if such a thing is possible), you can give any seasoned sci-fi fan or uninitiated Odyssean the chance to see this modern masterpiece on the big screen. There’s no better place to appreciate the stunning vistas of the film’s opening act, “The Dawn of Man”, its massively influential space exteriors, and its mind-bending finale.
Even in today’s cinematic landscape, often dominated by effects-heavy and technically ground-breaking films, 2001, a game-changer of its own era, still impresses with its elegant effects nearly 50 years on. In the pre-digital age in which Kubrick and writer Arthur C. Clarke crafted 2001, effects such as simulating a lack of gravity required a different form of creativity than that demanded by the green screens of today. 2001 is simultaneously a technical marvel, a meticulously created artwork, and, thanks to visuals based on photographs supplied by the University of Manchester’s Department of Astronomy, even a historical record of early space discovery.
Go on, buy two tickets so you can see for yourself and give a truly awe-inspiring gift.
2001: A Space Odyssey is playing in cinemas around the country until early 2015. For more information see www.bfi.org.uk/whats-on/bfi-film-releases/2001-space-odyssey.