I. Simon’s review published on Letterboxd:
A friend of mine, who is a massive fan of Stanley Kubrick, has said on various occasions that 2001: A Space Odyssey is very ambitious and vague, and for those reasons, can take multiple viewings to really appreciate, and that statement could not be more true. This film definitely has a lot to take in, much of which seemingly cannot be taken in from just one viewing.
I can definitely see why 2001: A Space Odyssey has had the major influence on science fiction that it had, and why it is highly regarded as a classic and one of the absolute greatest films ever made. Purely on a technical level, 2001: A Space Odyssey is an absolute masterpiece. All of the sets, the VFX, the costumes, the music, the sound design, the editing, the cinematography......it’s all top notch. Kubrick’s filmmaking here is definitely exceptional, as it very much shows. The film is a feast for the eyes (especially that one sequence in the third act).
However, as this is my first viewing, I cannot say that I’ve precisely understood what Stanley Kubrick was trying to say. I’m sure there is something to do with evolution under the surface, but I don’t really know what he’s trying to say as a whole. I also can’t say that I really connected with the narrative.
With all that said, 2001: A Space Odyssey is definitely a well made film, and I’ll definitely revisit it in the future (not sure how many times, but I’ll definitely visit it again at least once or twice). I can definitely see why it does get praise, but I don’t really have any strong feelings towards it just yet, or not even sure whether I enjoyed it or not for that matter (though it did progressively become more engaging in the second half as it went along). However, I’m sure I’ll get more out of 2001: A Space Odyssey upon repeat viewings. All in all, I definitely admire the ambition here, and it further proves that Stanley Kubrick may very well be the greatest filmmaker of all time.