Movie Review: 2001: A Space Odyssey

Movie Review #4: 2001: A Space Odyssey


Okay, this was legitimately one of the weirdest movies I have ever seen. I was watching it in my favorite movie theater on a very, very hot day so I enjoyed the experience more physically than mentally. My main takeaway is that it is very much positioned, both internally, and via the main reviews that I have read as “man’s journey.” How is man, as a species, evolving through the ages? But the whole existence of woman is just…completely missing. Like, completely. My interpretation of the end is the last surviving astronaut dies while he is trying to disconnect HAL. The rest of the movie is a vision he is having as he is slowly dying — he envisions himself growing old, and eventually envisions himself returning back to earth as a fetus to embed himself with the hope of purity and that he can try and start again. But — women create fetuses. So the ultimate realization of man in the film is about the importance of one thing for the human race (the fetus) that only women can create. But they get no credit, nor exist, elsewhere in the film and all of man’s progress is based on the scientific male brain.

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