Nicolas’s review published on Letterboxd:
The first stage of evolution was relatively simple: by developing consciousness and making use of the resources around us, this propelled humanity to overcome it's limitations.
The next stage of the evolution is trickier having utilised all that is available to us in our surrounding environment and putting our faith and energy on making our tools take us further than we have ever gone before.
Nevertheless it is apparent that we have been slowly becoming slaves to our tools when the evolution needs to originate from within. We therefore need to look at our inner spirit and evolve through connection with the cosmos and grow beyond the confines of the material world we live in.
2001: A Space Odyssey is not about space. It is about our journey as a species and examines the unanswered questions of whether we are alone in this universe or whether there is a God or even afterlife. And I admit that it may be seen as heavy or puzzling for some, perhaps long or slow for others but no one can deny that it is a marvel of visual and auditory art which demonstrates the power of cinema when the artist wants to use the medium beyond the confines of amusement.
To me this movie is more of a spiritual awakening than cinematic entertainment and a call to think than simply experience.
I was lucky enough to watch it for the first time 52 years after it was made, on the biggest possible silver screen with all the bells and whistles of the latest audio technologies available and I can categorically claim that it remains as fresh and important as the first day it was released.
Wow, simply wow!