By Charlie Jones
Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 masterpiece 2001: A Space Odyssey is widely considered one of the greatest films ever made, regardless of genre. It consistently ranks high in polls of critics, directors, and audiences when determining cinema’s best offerings, and it’s easy to see why; 2001 is unforgettable, a grand visual spectacle chronicling man’s evolutionary journey from ape to Star Child, as mystifying as it is dazzling, a film that must be seen on the big-screen to be fully appreciated.
Its influence on science-fiction, particularly with regards to visuals and special effects (for which 2001 earned an Academy Award), cannot be overstated, and is evident in the filmographies of Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, and Christopher Nolan, to name only a few of the film’s more high-profile admirers.
Yet 2001’s impact on cinema is not confined solely to science-fiction; its influence can be seen in experimental films, horror flicks, crime-thrillers, and even straight dramas. Like other masterpieces before and after it, 2001 goes beyond the genre with which we attempt to classify it, giving weight to the argument that such classification is both incidental and restrictive.
As such, 2001 demonstrates how films that are truly influential transcend the boundaries of genre, travelling through the Star Gate, and reaching a higher stage of cinematic evolution that we call ‘classic’.
1. The Tree of Life (Terrence Malick, 2001)
Terrence Malik’s largely plotless experimental drama The Tree of Life often draws comparisons with 2001: A Space Odyssey. Each film is comprised of several vignettes, which must be pieced together to form anything close to resembling a conventional narrative. It was probably this avant-garde filmmaking that drew derision for both films upon their respective releases, The Tree of Life even being booed at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, after which it took home the Palme D’Or.
From:: Taste Of Cinema