Year Released: 1968
Main Stars: Black Slab, Orion, Apes, Leonard Rossiter
Last watched: March 2015
Review Date: March 2015
Number Watches: 3
Format Watched: TV
Classic; music, cinematography, concept. I mean, this set the flag in stone then stamped itself all over everyone and their babies! No excuses, go get and watch this movie for the sake of your little scifi mind.
Having said that…
The last half hour seems to never end and is a complete waste, even when you figure out what’s going on. I had to look it up a few years ago and, well, really, that’s not something you should need to do when being entertained.
“Of it’s time” is an overused phrase but when I say this was done in the coloured oil projected onto the club walls sixties, you get what I mean. Mind you, there have been recent films (no inter-names mentioned) that did everything except steal the name – and they’re apparently 5 stars.
The idea and physics are intellectual in a good way but some of it looks so incredibly dated. I know it’s a classic but you might need to keep telling that to yourself to get through some of the scenes.
So, good or bad? Hmm. You could count up the icons: HAL, the black slab, the bone wielding ape and the spaceships are all worth watching but be prepared to skip past the psychedelic nonsense and always bear in mind that this is NOT here to provide a high energy hit. In fact, you’re probably supposed to be on mushrooms before you even sit down.
I like it but maybe I’m being nostalgic?
Keep DVD? Yes.
Watch if on TV? No.
Snog, Marry, Avoid? Snog.