Mudkip Kombucha’s review published on Letterboxd:
Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey is like a Picasso painting. And by that I mean it’s abstract art. There’s so much in this film that doesn’t make sense and is confusing to think about/look at. Much like a Picasso painting, you could spend years looking at and analyzing this work of art and still not by sure what it is. 2001 is a work of art, but I’m not sure how to feel about it yet. I just took my first look at it and am confused, but I see the beauty and the complexity of it. Something you watch over and over again and still pick of new things each time. I mean, I’ve only seen it once, but I know I’ll pick up different things each time I watched it.
Now, unfortunately, because of this Picasso point, I find many “flaws” with this film (rather complaints i suppose). Such as how confused I am during almost the whole film. I wanted at least a small sense of where I was and what was happening. Some times you didn’t need to know what was going on, but I couldn’t excuse it some of the things that don’t make sense at all really. Maybe it’s just that I’m not smart and couldn’t process everything fast enough, but I just wasn’t able to keep track of everything happening. As I said, it’ll probably make more and more sense as I watch it, but on a first watch, I was lost almost the whole time and wasn’t able to enjoy it as much as I should’ve otherwise. But what I was able to appreciate and enjoy are the visuals.
Seriously, I cannot tell you how impressive the visuals in this film are. I was in awe by how amazing a film in 1968 looks today. Like, none of the visuals look dated or out of place. They were gorgeous and a treat for your eyes. The shots of just dead space were something else. But not only does it look great, it has amazing music to add on top of the incredible visuals. The soundtrack is fantastic and has the space feel to it and works the film to be as memorable as possible. Also, I guess the characters were good...? I don’t know, can’t really talk about them that much.
But yeah, that’s about all I got for 2001. It’s good, but far from the greatest film of all time status. Maybe it’ll come around to me, but as of now, it doesn’t do it as much for me. Not exactly “overrated” (maybe a bit), just not my cup of tea. Definitely a work of art, just not as much for me as everyone else. I see the beauty in it... I think?
Take care, everyone!