A very quick note on this film – I watched it again tonight on the big screen having first seen it over a decade ago when I was probably about 9 or 10. As a boy I remember being told it was about space and I automatically hoped for something Star Warsy-ish, only to feel rather underwhelmed and slightly bored upon my cinema visit, but at the same time it was probably one of my first introductions to “grown up” cinema so I was really excited to revisit it. Maybe in the 11 years since I haven’t really grown up because I still felt rather nonplussed about what I was meant to take away from from Kubrick’s “masterpiece”? I know it’s got a lot to say about man, evolution and technology and certainly some of it’s ideas about computers and man’s desire to explore seemed interesting but I couldn’t piece together a coherent message from the film or ever feel gripped by something so experimental, short on narrative and dialogue.
I admire the experimentation and glad I saw it again as an adult as the film’s influence is all too apparent, not least on a couple of my favourite modern classic sci-fi flicks that spring to mind: Danny Boyle’s Sunshine And Duncan Jones’s Moon. But what was that monolith all about? Why did it pop up here and there? And what on earth was the end meant to tell me? If anyone would like to enlighten me, I’ll see you in the comments. Maybe I need to see it again.