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2001: A Space Odyssey – Reasons Fans Find This Movie Too Confusing

Have you ever watched a movie that’s great and boring at the same time? Now you’ll say, how’s that possible? Well, in the case of 2001: A Space Odyssey, it is true. The Stanley Kubrick-directed film was released way back in 1968. However, even then it was considered ahead of its time and an inspiration for many directors. Unfortunately, some people didn’t find it entertaining. This is where the question pops that how can a movie be good and bad, both. It has confused the fans a lot! So, here we are explaining why the movie is good and why it is boring/bad which has led to confusion between the fans. Check it out!

Reasons Why It Is A Great Film

1. Inspiration For Directors

2001: A Space Odyssey changed the form of sci-fi films for the better
2001: A Space Odyssey changed the form of sci-fi films for the better

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The film’s direction and elements made it unique and different from other sci-fi films of its time. In a way, this film changed the form of sci-fi movies for the better. Many directors, old and new, admitted that they were inspired by this film and molded their style.

2. Hal 9000

Artificial Intelligence, Hal 9000 in 2001: A Space Odyssey
Artificial Intelligence, Hal 9000 in 2001: A Space Odyssey

If you’re one of those who has watched this film you must know who Hal 9000 is. The idea of a character like artificial intelligence Hal 9000 was a bold one and this led to future sci-fi films experimenting with it. Even though it was an AI, the character had the power to connect with the audience on a deeper level.

3. The Movie Allowed The Audience To Infer And Interpret The Movie According To Themselves

A scene from the last few minutes of 2001: A Space Odyssey
A scene from the last few minutes of 2001: A Space Odyssey

This movie was made in a way that the audience can interpret it according to themselves. For instance, the last 30 minutes of the movie were such that it generated a lot of fan theories. Another example is the emergence of a monolith in the “Dusk of Man” sequence. The audience is free to interpret what this would mean. Some fans believe it is the source of evolution for humanity as whoever touches it gains knowledge and starts evolving.

Reasons Why It Is A Boring Film

1. Slow Paced

2001: A Space Odyssey is a very slow-paced film
2001: A Space Odyssey is a very slow-paced film

One of the many reasons why fans find this movie is boring is the pace of the movie. It is said to be slow and of a long nature. There are scenes in which nothing as such happens and are unnecessary. Moreover, the build-up to the climax is extremely slow.

2. The Movie Doesn’t Really Show Any Character Development

2001: A Space Odyssey lacks character development

Fans feel that the movie is aesthetically beautiful. However, there is no character development in the movie. It feels like we’re watching a movie without getting to know the characters properly, especially the protagonist and antagonist.

3. The Movie Somewhat Feels Disjointed

2001: A Space Odyssey felt disjointed

The movie has three segments (The Dawn of Man, Jupiter Mission, and Beyond The Infinite). They are great individually. However, when you watch them in continuation in the movie, they don’t relate to each other as such. It feels like there’s no story, no connection.

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Sukanya Kumar Vasisht
Sukanya Kumar Vasisht

I can never get myself to like any one of them more than the other: MCU or DC, that's why I put my love into both Universes. On that note, here I am, a Digital Marketer learning more about superheroes, and other celebrities in Hollywood.

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