Cam Smith’s review published on Letterboxd:
“I am putting myself to the fullest possible use, which is all I think that any conscious entity can ever hope to do.”
I watched this for the first time almost 2 years ago. I didn’t like it. I thought it was boring. But after finally rewatching this science-fiction epic, I can confirm that my original thoughts were plain wrong. Kubrick is my favourite director due to his sheer ambitiousness, terrifically tasteful style as well as a visual and auditory storytelling ability that can only be compared with some sort of God. 2001 is the definition of bold. Remarkable steadicam use to capture the trademark Kubrick slow track, the 68’ flick is revolutionary not just for its genre, but for cinema as a whole. Visual effects that massively outdate it’s release won Stan’s only Oscar and it was a deserved victory- cinematographer & director awards for him should have followed too. The ambiguous meanings behind everything are perfectly played out- not anywhere near obvious but not uncontrollably out-there. Memorable sequences and characters make this an enjoyable experience on top of the visual spectacle- HAL 9000 & Dave are so iconic. Stargate is what I will remember most as the daring finale and stretch of religious boundaries left my jaw wide open. Overall, first impressions can be incorrect; I’ll be watching this beautiful yet haunting classic again very soon!