2001: A Space Odyssey

Published August 27, 2023

2001: A Space Odyssey

Film info

  • Title 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • Director Stanley Kubrick
  • Year 1968
  • Run time 2hrs 29m
  • Genres Science-Fiction, Adventure, Mystery
  • Tagline The ultimate trip

A pair of astronauts heads to Jupiter to investigate a radio signal sent from a mysterious monolith on the moon, but their tranquil trip is endangered when their on-board computer begins acting oddly.

Live blog

Time Comment
4:19 Legendary music.
7:31 Some monkeys fighting some tapirs… space feels a long way away right now.
20:42 Wait, we just switched to the space movie I wanted? That’s what the 20 minute rule is for!
24:24 Well, that’s where Star Wars got their dock ideas from.
25:53 Nearly half an hour before anyone speaks!
31:34 Ten days without contact sounds more than ‘odd’.
37:00 I feel like the toilet instructions should be on the inside of the cubicle in case you forget.
46:51 That warbling voice sound does my head in.
57:25 His hamster wheel training is clever.
59:25 I’m surprised he wanted to cut out that 7 minute delay, sounds pretty fitting for this movie.
1:06:57 The AI has a very creepy voice so it is bound to go rogue.
1:16:46 Oh god, the hissing, make it stop.
1:24:59 Hal can see them, though. They know there’s a window, right?
1:32:59 Poor Frank!
1:40:49 “Hal! Hal! Hal! Hal!” It’s like me talking to Siri.
1:51:25 Tell me more about these stress pills.


This movie, wow, I have no idea how to describe it. You can’t help but be impressed by the advanced thinking for the time, and the amazing special effects, but that’s where it ends. It’s SO slow, painful, excruciatingly slow. Beyond the ’they had more time back in the 60s’ pace of other movies and into ’they’re just taking the piss now’ territory. And you could put up with the pretentiousness if it was actually going somewhere and telling a good story, but ultimately it goes nowhere and does nothing.

The best bit of the whole movie was random Leonard Rossiter rocking up on a space hotel.

Rating: 1 / 5

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