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I saw this movie not long ago and instantly became a huge fan. I have it on BluRay...etc. It's a silly question, but I want to know other peoples' opinions on this movie. How do you feel about its messages? Just to make myself clear: I am not a "second-hander."

asked Dec 24 '11 at 20:20

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edited Dec 26 '11 at 20:29

As a science fiction fan, I acknowledge this film's status as a classic in the genre, but I definitely prefer the novel by Arthur C. Clarke over the film version. The novel clearly identifies some things that are left to implication in the movie, or as Ideas for Life's answer says, are "ink blots" that allow a "viewer to project his own meaning into it". Ayn Rand actually reviewed this film in an article in the June 1969 issue of "The Objectivist". Here's a quote from that review: "If Hollywood gave Oscars for total unintelligibility, 2001 would have been a worthy recipient."

(Dec 27 '11 at 11:12) TCobbs TCobbs's gravatar image

I saw the movie a very long time ago and may not remember it entirely clearly, but as I recall, I couldn't find a clear "message" in it at all. It was essentially a cinematic "ink blot," inviting the viewer to project his own "meaning" into it based on his own context of knowledge, experiences, and past choices in life.

Ayn Rand regarded romanticism (i.e., romantic realism) as the form of art most valuable for a life built on reason. There is an extensive collection of excerpts on "Romanticism" in The Ayn Rand Lexicon.

answered Dec 25 '11 at 04:16

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edited Dec 25 '11 at 04:16

I loved the filming, scenery and epic theme. I disliked some of the underlying messages (such as the allusions to Nietzschean "ubermensch" which I felt was conveyed by the cut between the ape hurling its weapon and a military spacecraft). So in the end, a very mixed film, but one I enjoy watching from time to time, and definitely a very unique film in its genre, if not in the entire history of cinema.

(Dec 27 '11 at 02:42) Jonathan Conway Jonathan%20Conway's gravatar image

I'm an Objectivist and I found the film appealing.

OK, so I answered the question. It's actually been quite a while since I saw it. I remember the most appealing thing to me was its realism. It's the first time I recall seeing a science-fiction movie (I am a sci-fi fan and an Arthur C. Clarke fan) where there wasn't the sound effect of a whooshing rocket engine in the dead of space. There were other realistic effects as well, all of which I marveled at and really enjoyed. That's mostly what grabbed me, although I found HAL fascinating, and HAL's "defeat" at the hands of a mere thinking human being very exciting.

answered Dec 27 '11 at 14:11

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