Ash’s review published on Letterboxd:
Driven by the inherent melancholia of the void, perched into a starry abyss, Stanley Kubrick begs to ask us what it means to be human among the existential void of space and the transcendence beyond the unknown. Apes challenging the authority of an obelisk, planted into the sorrows of the Earth in its enigma; the posterity of commercial travel in its efficiency and ease; a perilous, isolated mission towards the unknown; the visual overstimulation and euphoric transcendence of interstellar travel through vast distances of space; the enigma of life concluding through memories and fears, reflecting upon the self. Kubrick’s poetic tale, voyaging through time and space, ruminates on the human condition - the vast experience of being human. From the inferiority towards the unknown and the commercialisation of the life built around us, to the encapsulated fear, anxiety and projection imposed onto that of which threatens our normality and the graphic visualisation of the world and life ahead of us, to the inevitability of death and morality slowly weighing in through age - Kubrick’s meditative, slow, technical beast is a rumination on that of the human experience, attaching the past to the present as he draws out the present to the future to yield a harmonious glide through time that symbolises what it means to be human, in all its deeply cinematic, space-porn beauty and marvellous technical mastery. Imperfect but an immaculate piece of cinema to behold at in its visual and audible storytelling. It’s suitable to say Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey was a film ahead of its time (and still might be) but rather, I think Kubrick’s film is uniquely suitable for any period in time; in wether it ages or remains as fresh as it did upon release, it will always be a dear reflection of the times, wether that be more of the past, present or future, and in that lies the eternal solitude and beauty of Stanley Kubrick’s greatly hailed 2001: A Space Odyssey.