Coincidentally, this is exactly how I reacted to the end of Blade Runner 2049, according to a Howard Johnson's Children's Menu.
How children reacted to the ending of 2001, according to a Howard Johnson's Children's Menu
Tags: movies, retrocomputing, space
Is that actually part of how the movie got marketed back then, having a really surprising "solution" at the end? Wow, would I have been disappointed. When I watched the movie in the 90s, not really knowing much about the ending except maybe that it would be "a bit trippy", I was genuinely surprised and amazed about its beautiful, impenetrable end sequence. But if the general expectation was a surprising solution, like some kind of unpredictable (but entirely graspable!) plot twist... not so sure.
I'm gonna be a SPACE TRUCKER!!!
I think I still have that menu, with my crayon scrawls on it.
I didn't understand Kubrick's movie until I read Clarke's book.
When I was a kid I could barely comprehend that Snuffy may, or may not be, a figment of Big Bird's imagination. I think my eyes would have bled if I'd seen 2001 at that age.
People (Howard Johnson's target market, at least) wore formal dress to the movie theater and everything else was awesome as well in 1968.
Man, Jupiter sure looks underwhelmed in the right picture...
Jupiter's seen some shit, man...
I find the dialogue in the left panel is best read in the voices of Fred and Velma.
Actually, it comes across as if they walked out but regretted it afterwards so are trying to bluff their way out when asked.