Episode 159: 2001: A Space Odyssey Review May 27, 2013 Featuring Matt Anderson and Ben De Bono Standard Podcast Play Now Categories: Podcast, Review # books#fantasy#movies#sci-fi
I do wonder if the giant baby isn’t supposed to be a metaphor – humanity has transcended to a new level of existence – in which case the distance between Jupiter and Earth doesn’t matter and it is not, therefore, “stupid” (Matt Anderson!).
Glad to hear you’re both more charitable to the film here than in your live blog, but you also both keep treating it as though it’s a puzzle to be decoded. Ben: “This is a movie other people have already figured out.” Matt: “I don’t know that that’s the real interpretation of the film; I’m gonna check Wikipedia.” Sigh. I expected better from both of you guys! You know that stories rarely if ever have one and only one interpretation, and that art work on many levels, some of which the author never intends. 2001 is one of those films that, yes, I think has something to say; but trusts audiences enough to think about it on their own and come to their own conclusions. It’s not as though there’s a “teacher’s edition” somewhere you can look up “the right answers” in.
I hope you’ll enjoy the novel, Ben – it’s a good one. Skip the final two books of the series, though.
Matt, 2010 is a much more accessible, conventional movie. You’d probably enjoy it. It has that “easily seen path,” you want, and I am not saying that as a criticism – it is simply the case, and I like both movies. I’d love to know what you thought of 2010 if you ever watch it.
Hardy har. A teacher’s guide is not an answer key! 🙂
Maybe so but what my link lacks in answers it makes up for in snark 🙂
Just read the first novel over the weekend. STUNNING. It might be my favorite science fiction novel.
I’ve started the second one and it’s fun to revisit that world and those concepts, but it’s a little too straightforward for me.