Film Account’s review published on Letterboxd:
Damn Kubrick… genius… GENIUS!!
I got the Kubrick box set today and decided to watch The Shining (1980) for the first time. After a very good watch, was the turn to rewatch, one of the biggest, most important, most complex, most controversial, most beautiful, smartest, greatest films of all times… The big one, THE big one. 2001 a space odyssey is one of the most popular films of all time, and considered a timeless masterpiece, being one of the films considered the greatest, along with Citizen Kane, The Godfather, Metropolis, etc. The greatness of 2001: a space odyssey, isn’t just its beauty, the perfect and symmetric direction of Kubrick, or the Blue Danube Waltz, it’s a combination of all of these, filled with the mind and passion of Stanley Kubrick, and with no doubts at all, we can safely say that this work, this testament, this film, IS, one of the best things ever to be created. From minute 1 to its incredible ending, 2001: a space odyssey focuses in the concepts of human kind, and human as an specie, or as a part of something, maybe the universe, or maybe nothing… From the Dawn of man, to it’s rebirth, The film achieves what is considered as one of the best cinematographies ever, and damn, do I even hace to mention the soundtrack??? I don’t usually cry during films, it’s hard, but when the Blue Danube Waltz started playing, I was moved to tears… damn kubrick, who allowed you to be so brilliant, you madman. Filled with symbolism, and critics to where the human kind is going, the picture just holds you captivated on it, I remembered it to be slow, maybe boring but no, I was hooked on every second of it, just having a blast while looking at the master craft of an ultimate visionary, Kubrick. Few filmmakers, and persons in general, had such an amazing and unique vision about the meaning of humanity, and the concept of relevance between all the other things happening out there, maybe Kubrick, the man himself just had a talent, had such a gifted eye to see the world. If your one of those guys who only look at the special effects, you really need to take a deeper look on it, because the film is much more than visuals, it is, without a doubt, one of the deepest films of all time.
And if you thought that was all, NAH! Because the ending, damn, the ending… the film has infinite meanings and interpretations, of course, I mean, maybe Kubrick himself didn’t know what it meant, because it’s as mind blowing as anything can be. (Spoilers) After restarting HAL, The ship goes on a beautiful trip into the unknown, maybe into the dawn of life, maybe into the birth of one star between millions, or maybe just the process of life itself. My interpretation of it is that, Dave goes on every single phase of human life, and dies, but is born again in the shape of a star, a star between millions, a insignificant piece of matter, placed between the unknown. Would be interesting to discuss about the film, really would be. There’s a lot of things I didn’t even mention here, but I think I don’t have more words to say, other than Thank you, Kubrick.
And finishing this review I just wanted to say that, if it wasn’t for Hungarian genius Bela Tarr, and his magnum opus, Sátántangó. This would be my all time favorite film by far, but second place isn’t bad isn’t it?