2001: A Space Odyssey is considered one of the greatest films ever made, but it also ends with a man being turned into a baby and standing next to the Earth. And now we finally know what that bizarre ending means.
A video on YouTube recently surfaced of an interview Stanley Kubrick gave about 2001: A Space Odyssey. The interviewer asks Kubrick about the weird ending involving the man turning into a baby. Here’s Kubrick explaining the scene:
It may be difficult to understand the video considering the audio quality, so here’s what Kubrick says.
He says Bowman, the astronaut who disconnects HAL the computer, is taken in by alien entities with no shape or form possessing great intelligence, and he’s essentially taken to a human zoo. His whole life that happens inside of that room in the zoo.
Kubrick says the room has inaccurate French decorations because the aliens believe that’s what a human would believe is a “nice” looking room, and he says it’s similar to how humans decorate the cages at zoos to resemble something the animals would find natural.
Then once the aliens are finished with him, they transform Bowman into a super being and sent back to Earth as a “superman.” And then we’re supposed to speculate on what will happen next. He says the ending is supposed to reflect similar stories in human mythologies from all sorts of cultures.
Wasn’t that super obvious from watching it the first time?