There are movies we go back to time and time again, discovering new aspects and themes we never noticed before. For some of these films, the greatness is recognized immediately, but of course, that’s not always the case. Especially with a movie like “2001: A Space Odyssey,” which received mixed reviews upon its initial 1968 release. It had its champions, but there were just as many detractors. The awards it won back in the day were usually in recognition of its technical aspects. But, like with many other films that baffle audiences upon first viewing, eventually the majority of people have come around to the Kubrick masterpiece.
Over 45 years later, people are still attempting to analyze the movie. Its bold use of classical music, the ambiguity surrounding the monolith, the famous match cut, the star-child — some of these topics are a little more difficult to talk about than others, but video essayist Daniel Ruginets gives it a shot in his 15-minute analysis which you can watch below. Aside from the aforementioned aspects of the film, Daniel also points out Kubrick’s use of foreshadowing. There’s a scene early on in the film which features two characters having a conversation, but the audience can only read their lips. This foreshadows a later, more famous scene where we see HAL 9000 discovering that the pilots on his spaceship are plotting to shut him down, information he figures out by reading their lips.
It’s great to see that a movie like “2001: A Space Odyssey” is still being picked apart and analyzed, decades after Kubrick and Arthur C. Clarke put this film together. Check out the video out below.