Posted on 8/06/11 02:06 AM
To call Odyssey a masterpiece is a mere understatement. But, neither can it be called an overstatement.
Stanley Kubrick. Brilliant. His films go beyond the infinite (oh, a pun?), and they usually go on to prove the possibilities not only in the art of film-making, but also in life as a whole. Like, what happens if we decided to start a film with some spell-binding music? Alright, lets do it. And this might just be the first time any of the film's viewers ever encountered a situation that felt like this. A situation so unusual, almost other-world-like.
Really, most of what we see in the film are first-times. Have you ever seen such phenomenal visuals? A robot command center? Or even apes being glorified magnificently - this is an absolutely awestruck-ing scene - in its most primitive way? Wow, if this itself doesn't satiate your hunger for great film-making, well... [insert derogatory Twilight-joke]
Surprisingly, we cannot just ignore the fact that Odyssey will continue to linger in our minds - for centuries. It's like an homage to Sci-Fi. No, even better, an homage to itself. Whew. How do you actually describe this film, other than brilliant?
You know what? Who cares? Bugger off. Watch the film. We can sit all day, talking long and hard about the 'endless possibilities' (something often associated with the movie), but at the end of day, the end result is the same. The verdict is; if this film wasn't made, the world would've been well, not a worse place, but a slightly less scientifically-inclined one. Because it begs the question, "What could have happened?". Sure, this film ticks all the boxes for excellent film-making. But, it should, must be more than that.
Watching Odyssey is like watching a wonderful part of the boy's dream of space. Unfortunately, it's only a tiny part. There's so much potential which is presented from the film, which is undeveloped. For the better, I hope. For if the movie had juggled the burden of producing ALL the possibilities in space, it would've been not half-good, but only quarter-good. It's perfectly poised as it is, so lets not tarnish the moment.
This isn't a masterpiece, because (no cliches please) it just ain't. It deserves more potential. But till then, we are well and truly satiated, Mr Kubrick.
Personally*... This was made in bloody 1968?!