Still breathtaking... by austexk72
More than 40 years after it was first released, back in the days before green-screen and CGI FX, Kubrick's 2001 (co-written by famed science fiction author and one of my dear friends, Sir Arthur C. Clarke) is still an awesome movie experience -- when seen in full roadshow presentation (70mm, stereophonic sound, pre-show overture, intermission and second-act overture -- about 3 hours total) like the Egyptian Theatre did last night. When I first saw it, I was disappointed (NYC, in CINERAMA) because I thought it would be an action-packed sci-fi adventure. It's slow, meticulous, totally realistic and visually stunning -- but it's NOT STAR WARS. I've seen this movie many times over the years, and each time I come to appreciate the trailblazing vision of how the human race has evolved from apes to space explorers with puzzling experiences awaiting us in the Final Frontier. Clarke put the "serious" in this movie, and Kubrick gave it visual dazzle and grandeur.