July 6, 2018
Confused by the ending of ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’? Let Stanley Kubrick explain it to you.
The pinnacle of science fiction cinema and the ultimate experience enhanced by an ample supply of hallucinogens, Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. Hailed by Andrew Sarris of The Village Voice as a “major film by a major artist,” the film won the Academy Award for Best Special Effects at the following year’s Oscar ceremony. It is almost universally considered a masterpiece.
After having a recent theatrical run overseen by mega-fan Christopher Nolan—in which an “unrestored” 70mm print attempts to take us back to what it would’ve felt like to watch the film in 1968—now feels as good a time as any to revisit 2001. If you’re intimidated by that proposal, finding yourself more befuddled than enthralled by film’s end, perhaps you would request the director himself’s interpretation of the film, particularly its psychoactive, time-jumping ending. Thanks to a recently discovered interview with Kubrick, that’s now very much a reality.