A Journey Into Our Future

Media Studies

The film “2001: A Space Odyssey,” directed by Stanley Kubrick, impressed me with the story and visual effects that were unusual because the movie was produced in 1968. The combination of the plot and the work of artists combined with the interpretation of the fantastic world where people can travel through space made me think about the possible future. As a result, I reacted to the film as to the real masterpiece created by Kubrick under the impact of clear inspiration. The genre of the movie lies in the dimension of science fiction and adventures. As a result, the viewer is entertained by the art of poor cinematography that does not necessarily require realism presented in modern fantastic movies. The movie was released about 50 years ago. The main aspects of the movie that inspired me for my analysis of this work of Kubrick include the philosophic plot of the story and the work of actors who made me think that the whole visual narrative was affected by the technological possibilities of cameras and equipment of the previous century.  

I was impressed by the indirect meaning of the narrative in the film “2001: A Space Odyssey” because it touched on the problem of communication with the artificial mind of the robot. The plot also mentions unknown artifacts created by the civilization of aliens. A large monolith that can be found in an unexpected place works as a symbol of the object created by someone from another planet. The plot of the film shows me that life on Earth is affected by aliens and my imagination reflects these thoughts to real events. However, I tried to think about this possibility and concluded that these ideas cannot be the truth in any of the potential alternative realities. They differ from my perception of the world in too many directions, including the inability of people to transform into fetuses that fly in space as it happens with the main character at the end. This vision of the traveling possibilities that happen beyond the frame of infinity reflects the real thoughts of Kubrick as a director who used bright colors mixed with the dark black paint to reflect the general mood of the movie.

To my mind, the movie reflects the idea that humans are only one of the forms of life in outer space. And the evolution of species can later transform them into other creatures who will be able to have more benefits in life. The absence of a clear explanation of the ending makes the viewers think about the impression of the movie more. They can interpret the same visual scenes from different sides and create personal associations. From this point of view, this movie is a real artwork that should be understood as a masterpiece of the twentieth century. It looks like an emotional projection of the director’s view on the era when people can fly to Jupiter or speak with a robot-like HAL 9000.

All in all, the movie “2001: A Space Odyssey” helped me to overthink my present life in the 21st century through the prism of dangers that can influence our future. The excessive development of innovative technologies will be able to create conditions for the implementation of artificial intelligence in the daily life of space travelers. But without the necessary control, the machines can start lying to their owners. As a result, the effect of robots can be too destructive. Also, I saw the interpretation of the reality where a person can be reborn. This vision of human life is positive and gives hope. At the same time, Kubrick-in his movie-does not explain the aftereffects of this transformation of the old character. The themes of science, philosophy, technological development, or the beauty of space become relevant for modern people. We should be cautious during the development of space-traveling possibilities because they can lead to potential dangers for the whole of humanity.

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