As a piece of expressive art and as an exhibition of special effects, 2001: A Space Odyssey is far ahead of its time. It deals with humanity, reliance on technology, and the advancement of society in a fascinating way. The problem is, the film’s painfully slow pace preclude it from being an enjoyable piece of entertainment. Every development is glacial, from its four minutes of orchestral music accompanied by a black frame at its outset to its fifteen minute light show at its conclusion. Many viewers defend its pace as integral to the rather good story, but it severely hampered my enjoyment of the film.