claira curtis’s review published on Letterboxd:
NOT for me ultimately. Gorgeous visuals and a couple of sequences that were a great testament to building tension but there’s so much expansiveness to the work that just didn’t work for me. I appreciate the greater meaning many pull from it and I see those thoughts illustrated very well but it’s no where near as impressive or impactful as I anticipated. But that’s just me!!
Whether the film is your vibe or not, highly recommend reading the following short stories which also explored many of the concepts showcased in the film!!
• “Reason” by Isaac Asimov (1941)
• “The Sentinel” by Arthur C. Clarke (1951)
• “The Seventh Voyage” from Star Diaries by Stanislaw Lem (1971)
Been meaning to check 2001 out for a while as it is a staple to the sci-fi genre but I finally got to it because I have to write a paper for my Popular Literature class about the film comparing it to the short stories listed above. I also have to write about A.I Artificial Intelligence compared to another short story so there’s that to look forward to :)