What is the meaning of 2001 a space odyssey?
I have seen this brilliant movie before. It was released in UK theatres on Thursday and I watched it again. It was definitely a better experience. However, is there anyone out there who understands its meaning, especially the last 30 mins. Or is it open to interpretation?
Great question. Kubrick wanted to keep the ending a little ambiguous so that the viewer was left to his own definition and interpretation of meaning. I came up with two. One of them is this:
Man’s evolution in terms of technology definitely plays a role as we see when the bone (his tool) is thrown upward and becomes the spaceship in form and motion. This was after experiencing the mysterious Monolith (representative of an alien species) in the Dawn of Man. Nevertheless, man’s technology proves to be troublesome in terms of HAL’s “malfunction” and rebellion. Dave outwits HAL and discovers why he was sent to Jupiter. He is then transported to what seems to be some type of holding area or “zoo,” as it were, for other species. (This seems to be through various light speeds and perhaps passage through alternate universes. But the way Dave “sees” and his perception change as well.) Near physical death, the Monolith appears, and Dave points toward the specter in a fashion similar to Adam pointing to God in Da Vinci’s Creation. He continues his evolution into the Starchild and returns to earth.
There’s much more to this, but I don’t enough room. This is only one interpretation.
Wonderful answer. It really is a beautiful imagination of a man could grow once he outwits technology. I really am very interested to know the other interpretations as well.
I meant to add that these "symbols" Kubrick used were also metaphor and analogy.
The first time I saw "2001" I was about 12 years old and my mind was totally not ready for Stanley Kubrick yet. Obviously I didn't "get it."
I finally revisited the film about three years ago, after more than a quarter century, and though I enjoyed the film on a technical level... I still don't think I "got" it.
So your guess is as good as mine.
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