God, the special effects in 2001 still look damn fantastic. Even the ape suits are great, pretty convincing. But the spacecraft– God, oh good God, they are works of art. And the music paired with it, the Blue Danube Waltz, so lovely!
Oh and apparently one of the stewardesses on the spacecraft played one of the conspirators who try to bump off Alex in the third act of A Clockwork Orange, so that’s pretty neat.
The ending of 2001: A Space Odyssey-- Kubrick’s most optimistic?
Man, 2001′s ending. It seems perhaps one of Kubrick’s more optimistic; like the Star Child represents the possibility of man’s continued evolution, that final shot of it looking at our planet, at us. There’s something so majestic, exciting, and even hopeful about that. Kubrick is often seen as a bleak, almost misanthropic director, but I think that’s too simplistic. Even The Shining and Eyes Wide Shut have endings which could be seen as positive on some level (Wendy gets away from that shitbag husband who seems to have disliked her long before being in the Overlook, the Hartfords could be seen as repairing their strained marriage through renewed intimacy and newfound emotional honesty).