No, I did not forget the “s” in the title of this entry.
“2001: A Space Odyssey” was playing at the Redford Theater in Detroit this weekend. The uncut, 70 mm version. My husband’s birthday is coming up. He likes science fiction. So, I took him to see this classic movie, which happened to have been released the year my husband was born.
My husband has seen the film before (though, he says, not this version) and read the book. I have never seen the film or read the book. Except for recognizing the name and knowing the proverbial line “Open the pod bay doors HAL,” I didn’t know a thing about this film. Didn’t know the plot line. Nothing.
Now, I’m not a fan of science fiction. But, I’m glad I had the experience of seeing this film on the big screen. The uncut 70 mm version (took 10 reels!). This is one of those films that needs to be seen in a theater. Seeing it on DVD would not be the same experience, even if one has surround sound and a large screen TV. It just wouldn’t be the same.
My husband said that the sound was too loud. But, honestly, I think it was intended that way. It’s a way to immerse one in the movie. Take the scene where the scientists want to take a picture with the monolith in the background. And it lets out a loud shriek that hurts the ears of the scientists. Well, we in the audience knew exactly how those scientists felt!
This is a movie that was meant to be experienced, the sights and the sounds. This is not a movie that one should merely watch. I actually don’t think that one can merely watch.
In the end, I would recommend seeing this movie even if you don’t like science fiction. The movie will leave you with many questions regardless of whether you’re familiar with the plot line or not. And, even if you don’t like the film, my guess would be that you will be happy that you had the experience of seeing this on the big screen.