5 Kubrick's Finest Two and a Half Hours47484IKB | 13/07/2009 | See all 47484IKB's reviews (75)I remember seeing this as a small child in the local cinema when it first came out and forty years later it's still as enigmatic as ever. Apparently when Kubrick was writing the screenplay he took out everything that was specific in Arthur C Clarke's source novel, resulting in the hugely ambiguous and ambitious film we have here.Strangely, watching this in 1968 it seemed as if it might happen by 2001. However, in 2009 it seems an even more remote prospect than ever, which I suppose is a rather inverted way of the film showing its age. But even if the film is in one way dated, it's still an arresting spectacle and a fantastic tribute to all those involved in its production.I think my favourite part is the "stargate" sequence although the edit from swirling bone to spacecraft is absolutely breathtaking as well. And that's not forgetting the androgynously-voiced HAL 9000 computer, which has one of the most potently understated lines in cinema history: "Dave, this conversation can serve no purpose anymore. Goodbye."If you like intelligent sci-fi, this film is a must-have.