Humanity finds a mysterious object buried beneath the lunar surface and sets off to find its origins with the help of HAL 9000, the world's most advanced super computer.
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How very odd
I was stunned that you could actually make something like this in 1968. Visually this must be Kubrick's best film ever! Steven Spielberg once said that he's never met anyone who didn't want to watch a Kubrick film again after seeing it the first time. This is so very true. His films are so full of amazing details that it's impossible to get them all at the same time.
This film was full of very photogenic and artistic scenes. It's hard to imagine that they had that kind of special effects available back then. But the story itself is the best special effect, as someone put it. One interesting aspect is the fact that man had not gone to the moon before making this film. However the description of moon is surprisingly close to the truth.
The thing that makes Kubrick such a great artist is that he won't let people tell him what to do. He'll do his own thing and everything he touches seemes to turn into gold. But that's not even the point. He doesn't make films to please people or to make just a lot of money. He's not thinking: "will this sell", because it's not important. And he wont stop unless he's satisfied, regardless how many takes it'll take. Nothing short of perfect will do for him and he'll never give you free answers, but will let you make your own interpretations. He's definitely a genius.