TheCultureShocker’s review published on Letterboxd:
This is one of those films that is so good it makes me feel bittersweet and all I can do is sigh. I want to think about how far we have come as a species and it's so easy to say that we're a dying society, especially with the pollution of social media if you follow the right people and the literal pollution in the atmosphere. That said, I always leave this movie with a sense of enlightenment. The ads really had it down when they said it was "the ultimate trip".
There's a handful of films that if someone told me was "the greatest of all time", I would have absolutely zero questions for them and this is one of them. Right up there with movies like The Godfather, The Shawshank Redemption and Citizen Kane. I feel like the monolith in this film is very much like a lot of Kubrick's films in general. Film as an art form has only existed for a short period of time in our history and he has given us what I consider the most impressive line-up of films in any directors career since the inception of the art form. They all feel like individual monoliths themselves.
This movie is long and very slow, but it seems to get better every time I see it. It's the only movie I've ever seen where I think about where we're going from here not only as a society, but as a species.
It's straight up hypnotic.