TheCloser79’s review published on Letterboxd:
Cinema has rarely been more beguiling and disturbing, more demanding and growing in you. Without Kubrick's mysterious masterpiece, the genre of stars and future science would not be what it is today. Stanley Kubrick made a number of great films, guide books, audience splitters and mindblowers in his lifetime - with "2001 - A Space Odyssey" he surpassed himself. New limits, new experiences, new ideas. Without this philosophical pamphlet there would be no "Star Wars" or "Dark Star", no "Moon", "Gravity" or "Interstellar", no "Solaris", "Terminator" or "The Martian". Books can be written about this film, which is so important for the SciFi genre. Generations shaped, guided into the future. From tablets to Skype, from the cradle to the creator, from America to China - "2001 - A Space Odyssey" is worth every minute of your time and sacrifice. At the beginning of your cinematic journey it may be tough and inexplicable, at the end mostly the one film that determines them all.
Hal-9000 is one of the scariest antagonists in film history, the hand-made effects are still better than many CGI festivals today and the technical creativity opened up new avenues for both the film industry and science. This impressive work will also open up paths, interpretations and knowledge for you so that you will be surprised yourself. Religious, social, psychological, philosophical, film-technical, basically human. Kubrick's cold and inimitable perfectionism fits the topic like hardly anywhere else.
"2001" is about mankind's journey to the stars, to the roots, to God. And in the end, everyone finds their very own, intimate, personal approach to him. It is a mind expanding experience in itself. Audiovisually perfect, varied in content, thematically fundamental. Art simply doesn't get bigger, more important, more mythical. This is the cornerstone. Perfect, captivating, a legend. Big eyes.
"2001" is the great monolith in sci-fi history that shows everyone else the way. Pure fascination, infinite replayability, precious to us humans.