2001 begins with the dawn of man in which ape-like creatures are given the power of intelligence by touching a monolithic black slab. A similar slab is uncovered on the moon which transmits a signal to Jupiter, astronauts are assigned to investigate, but the odyssey is endangered by a malfunctioning computer called HAL. The final journey through the star gate is a psychedelic experience, not to be forgotten. The star child ending of the film is enigmatic. 2001 A Space Odyssey is a masterpiece in art and film. Kubrick wanted more time to make the film, we can only imagine what it might have looked like. I was 16 when this movie came out, and I was just blown away by it. I remember talking to adults and they did not like the movie. A couple of years later I watched it on acid and enjoyed it even more. This film still holds up today which says something about the genius of Stanly Kubrick. ★★★★★
The English psychedelic rock band Pink Floyd were at one point approached to perform music for the film. However, they turned it down due to other commitments. Pink Floyd's song "Echoes" from the album "Meddle" is here synchronized with the "Jupiter & Beyond the Infinite" segment of the film.