Wesley R. Ball’s review published on Letterboxd:
I don't get it.
I'm sorry Letterboxd, but I still don't quite get this.
I know. I'm a pleb. And I still love the film. I just don't get the story. Why did HAL go insane? Was it a malfunction? What was the mission? Why was there a monolith? Why was there a giant foetus floating in space?
This is definitely far better than Interstellar, but I believed my having watched that film would've helped me understand this one better. I was so wrong. It leaves me with more questions than answers. Maybe I was too tired. Maybe it's the dogs who constantly bark making me miss something.
I can't deny this film's classic status, and I have to admit watching Nolan's Interstellar helped out a little. But in the end, I was still confused. Though to be honest, I enjoyed it far more this time than I did on my last viewing (also my first) many years ago. Perhaps with some research and maybe a rewatch I'll understand this a lot more. Either way, I'd recommend this film to any cinema fan. It's still a thoughtfully artistic, classic sci-fi film, and one of Kubrick's best.