Aden Robertson’s review published on Letterboxd:
Yeah, there is no doubt that this is one of the most influential movies of the modern film era, buuuuut...
I can’t deny that this is not an amazing film. This film is perfectly shot, perfectly directed, perfectly edited, and so on. Now, I don’t 100% understand what this film was trying to say. Does that mean this film is bad though? Absolutely not, Kubrick knew exactly what story he wanted to tell, and by God he told that story.
Where I have a problem is mainly in the filler. It may not be filler to some, even Kubrick, but, by definition, it’s filler. I am specifically referring to a lot of the scenes where nothing really happens, like the space space shots, where you just see planets or ships fart around in the middle of space. All of these “ohhh look at our pretty editing” shots don’t further the plot nor do they build upon the characters or world; they aren’t even that entertaining. Let me backtrack though, I am not talking about every single space shot. A lot of the early space shots actually serve to build the world, and maaaaan, what a way to build that world! The early space shots were GORGEOUS! After about 45 minutes though, they honestly just get boring as hell and repetitive.
I am so glad I finally watched this classic, but the overall slow pace and repetitive floating-in-space scenes left me a little disappointed. Just a little disappointed though; I overall loved this film and highly recommend it!