Add your rating See all 65 kid reviews. The film begins with a desolate time when our ape-like predecessors led frightened and brutal lives, scrounging for food and huddling against the cold night while wild animals howled in the distance. In a few short minutes, Kubrick has spanned the epochs, depicting the origins of tribes and the miraculous morning when apes awoke and learned how to use tools.
With this ability, mankind was launched on its journey to the stars. On Kubrick's time line, it's only a small next step to the exploration of the moon. And from the moon, mankind heads off to Jupiter. But what is triggering these immense changes? Why are humans evolving, and what is their destiny? At transforming moments along this odyssey, a mysterious black monolith appears, drawing humans ever forward.
Continue reading Show less Is it any good? This science fiction masterpiece can be a mind-boggling experience for kids old enough to handle it. In a series of dramatic vignettes, A Space Odyssey introduces kids to cosmic mysteries and gives them an opportunity and an incentive to grapple with issues that span the millennia. In addition, they will lose patience with some of the longer segments dealing with space exploration.
Even older kids may not appreciate the subtle references to political rivalries and intrigue on earth, the cover-up of mysterious developments on the moon, or the more ironic aspects of the clash between man and machine HAL the computer plaintively crying that he is afraid and that he can feel his mind going is a poignant example. But most teenagers cannot help but be swept up in this film, which stretches their minds and gives them mysteries and uncertainty instead of endings where everything is neatly tied up with a bow.
Continue reading Show less Talk to your kids about Families can talk about how A Space Odyssey laid the groundwork for the future blockbuster sci-fi films of the s and beyond. How might it be viewed as a timeless masterpiece whose themes transcend the era in which the film was made? How were music and sound used to set the mood and heighten tension? How does this movie explore, and in some ways predict, humankind's contemporary relationship with technology?