2001 A Space Odyssey gets a recut summer blockbusterstyle trailer

first_imgAlmost everyone that has ever seen a movie can identify the hallmarks of a modern blockbuster movie trailer. There are quick cuts, exciting music, and ominous sentence fragments flashed on the screen. It’s all carefully designed to get your attention and pique your interest. The classic Kubrick film 2001: A Space Odyssey came out long before trailers were done this way, but this YouTube video makes that introspective movie feel like a summer blockbuster.The film was a 1968 collaboration between Kubrick and renowned science fiction author Arthur C. Clarke. The novel version of 2001 was written by Clarke as the movie was filming. This epic tale explores some big questions like the nature of humans, technology, artificial intelligence, and extraterrestrial life. It also provided us with a lifetime of hilarious HAL 9000 references about pod bay doors.The trailer doesn’t really make any of that clear. The movie being promoted here is an adrenaline-fueled ride into the blackness of space. That’s not what the real film is, but you’d never know that from the new trailer. The wonderful special effects used in 2001 are probably what made this video possible. I’m still impressed with the quality of the visuals in 2001.2001: A Space Odyssey is a long movie with a subtle plot. It engages you to think, not just to absorb. Maybe that’s why this remixed trailer is so interesting. It’s a modern movie convention applied to a movie that could probably never be made today. It goes without saying that you should watch the movie, but reading the book will also shed some light on the more unusual parts of Kubrick’s work.last_img

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