Head to Head – 2001: A Space Odyssey

Welcome to the latest edition of Head to Head, in which our Quickflix critic takes on our readers in a rip-snorting battle to the death! You pick the film, and we pick the fight!

This week, Tom Clift took down the monolith known as 2001: A Space Odyssey. For his troubles, he received a free pass to Pixar’s latest film Up. If you would also like to win free movie tickets, send your controversial mini-reviews to us here!

Tom Clift will argue AGAINST the film, while Quickflix critic Simon Miraudo will argue FOR it. Let us know in the comments section below who you agree with. Spare no vitriol! Choose your side! There can only be one winner!

Tom Clift – 1/5

Let’s make one thing clear; I love the works of Stanley Kubrick. The Shining, Full Metal Jacket & Dr. Strangelove are all fantastic. Where I fall off is at the film that is probably his most beloved – 2001: A Space Odyssey. Sure, I can appreciate the landmark special effects and the influence it’s had on the sci-fi genre, but at the end of the day, when viewed solely on its own merits, 2001 is mind-numbingly dull. 22 minutes – count ‘em! – 22, before a word is even spoken. For the sake of my movie buff cred, I want to love it. But every time I put in the DVD I end up either falling asleep or wanting to punch my television. The man has made so many great films; perhaps it’s time to stop fawning over what may be one of the most pretentious, over-rated and boring movies ever created.

Simon Miraudo – 5/5

Cliiiiiiiiiift! A pox on thee! Kubrick’s 2001 is the most thought-provoking, terrifying, jaw-dropping, awe-inspiring, and thigh-slappingly entertaining movie to ever venture into space. Difficult to penetrate and almost impossible to comprehend in one sitting, 2001 takes us into the future that never was, yet may still be inevitable. From Ape to Man to Computer to God to Giant Space Baby, Space Odyssey speaks volumes about human kind, even when its characters say nothing at all. The film represents the horrific terror of the great unknown, the endless vastness of space, and the lengths man will go to conquer the unconquerable. Has any other movie provided us with so much iconic imagery, as terrifying a villain as HAL or as much meaty philosophical debates? P.S. I personally think Full Metal Jacket is Kubrick’s most flawed movie. I await your response.

Now it’s over to you! What were your thoughts on 2001: A Space Odyssey? Let us know in the comments section below. And if you would like to be featured in the next Head to Head, and possibly win some free movie tickets, send your mini-reviews to us here at Quickflix!

7 Responses to “Head to Head – 2001: A Space Odyssey”

  1. Isn't there an equally long amount of time of no dialogue at the start of "Wall-E" too. No silent movies for you, Clift? 😦

  2. Clift, I want to like the fact that you want to like it! You do get points for that. In the days when we all get our quick thrills via action flix, I do like to come down occasionally and let my brain do some actual work. Not just visual perception of what is being laid out for me very clearly. In the 25 years that I have watched it (many times) I will always pick up something new.

  3. Glenn, what can I say? I guess I find adorable robots a lot more interesting than monkeys :pSimon, yes the movie has some cool individual moments and iconic images, but if you added them all together they would only go for about five minutes…the rest of the movie is just bleh in my book I understand why people praise it, but I can't get on board. Ah well.I will concede that HAL is an awesome baddie though…his parts of the movie are definitely the most bearableAs for Full Metal Jacket…that just hurts me. Yes it's got flaw flaws (the second half is a huge let down), but the first hour has some of the most memorable scenes/tirades ever put to screen! Lee Ermey and D'Nofrio are both insane! Plus the use of music throughout is just awesome.

  4. I gotta argue on the side of 2001 here. I know it isn't a movie that is for everyone but I find it to be quite enjoyable and thought provoking. It certainly isn't a movie that I would sit down and watch just anytime but when I do sit and watch it I love it. I got to see it in a theater a couple years back and it was probably the best movie going experience I have ever had. It was so fascinating to see on the big screen.

  5. Woah, the battle between Tom and myself has spilled out of the sanctioned confines of the Head to Head feature and into the comments section; out of the boxing ring and into the streets, a'la Rocky V.Tom, I feel that the individual iconic moments all add up and contribute to the film's overarching themes. Although the film COULD seem episodic, I think the picture's progression is natural and effective.Full Metal Jacket meanwhile, feels disjointed and thematically inconsistent. While the individual halves are great by themselves, they are too short to involve the audience. We're left with two great, albeit overlong, short films, and one very inconsistent and unengaging movie.Once again though, apart from FMJ, everything Kubrick has done is perfect, including 2001 (and even Eyes Wide Shut).

  6. Siding with TomThe movie is remembered mostly for the hallucinogenic trip that people saw while on hallucinogens.The end of the film is extremely dated and reveals little about the human condition except we are prone to violence, but we already knew that. The characters were unrelatable, flat and most importantly not relevant.

  7. Shame, shame, shame. 2001 is one of the greatest movies EVER made. Just because a couple of the scenes are a little dated doesn't make it a bad movie. What do you want; do you seriously expect today's special effect artists to go back in time modernize its look?To speed up the slower scenes of this movie is to blaspheme beyond belief. Without its pace, the tension would be lost. Why don't we tell those apes to just hurry up and grab a bone. Hey I've got a better idea, why don't we cut short the iconic space station landing scene and do a Blue Danube remix? How about telling Hal to just kill em all already, cos we've got a coffee to make? Show some patient Tom; not all movies are about quickie action scenes and fast entertainment.Just because you think a movie bores you personally over forty years after its making, doesn't mean it deserves 1 measly little star. If this was a cheap trick to get a free movie ticket shame on you Tom.OK, maybe I've been a little harsh, but when you're dealing with a cinema icon what do you expect? Actually, nah, I think I've been a little soft.

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