Jack Jankauskas’s review published on Letterboxd:
It's been just about a year since I first watched this masterpiece. It would of had to have been the best non-cinema experience I've ever had with a film, and looking back, I highly regret having not reviewed it. Now that I have seen it at least a second time, I think I can now suitably consider it as one of my all time favourites.
The first time I had the pleasure of watching this film was during a nice, quiet afternoon, having set myself up very comfortably, while having a big screen to watch it on with a good sound system to support it. It was perfect. And right from the opening scene I knew that this film was going to be something extraordinary. I did not expect to be so impressed so soon, and I just sat there, eating the whole thing up for the rest of the journey. The film really feels more than just a film to me. It feels like an exhibition of evolution presented in the most technologically advanced way, immersing you into a story beyond human understanding.
I remember my mother would occoasionaly walk by while I was watching it too, and every time she did so it was during the unsettling score moments, where she'd always comment on how unsettled in made her feel. It had the same effect for me too, but I was absolutely entranced by those moments because of how well it immersed you into the sense of witnessing the unknown. The score for this film is truley the definition of awe-inspiring. You just got to love the melodic peices, and of course the main theme as well. All of it is used to such excellence.
And how do you watch this film and not get caught up with the ending. Still no one knows what it fully means and that's exactly the way it should be kept. Still, there are many theories out there that help explain the ending, and I find them all so intresting that both times after having watched the film I coudn't help myself from spending hours reading upon them, and I absolutely love it when a film is able to put me into that situation.
Overall, with further support from outastanding production design, cinemtography and visual effects, this film is a prime example of one that is ageless. Kubrick's directing here is also just so masterful that I can't put into words how much I admire the level of creativity and brilliance he visualized here, and how he managed to achieve it the year 1968. This is filmmaking at its most artistic.