Owen’s review published on Letterboxd:
As a sixteen-year-old kid living in the Midwest, I think I have a pretty decent appreciation for cinema despite not having seen some of the most iconic and well-appreciated films ever made. I've only seen two Stanley Kubrick films (including this one), which is subject to change but I speak as and for someone who was unfortunate enough to be born into an age of boredom and fatigue. Nothing like 2001: A Space Odyssey is made nowadays. Even the best of the best released over the course of the past few years have had a penchant for telling and not showing (with some exceptions, of course). When you think about which films make the most money, the ones that come to mind are superhero adaptations like The Avengers. While those are decent in their own right, they make big bucks because they are easily comprehensible and can dumb themselves down with little to no repercussions.
2001: A Space Odyssey is a combination of many different elements, but what makes it so relevant today is that it provides an extremely good example of both how to tell a story and how to engage the viewer. Kubrick begins the film with a look at prehistoric life, one featuring different groups of primates. Like mentioned, earlier, Kubrick utilizes the fashion of showing, not telling. These opening moments are stories in themselves, which makes for an incredible viewing experience. But even throughout the rest of the film, Kubrick manages to keep up the pace and fabricate a completely unnatural (and at times unnerving) story.
2001: A Space Odyssey still holds up today as the greatest science-fiction movie of all time. It's a striking tale, conveyed meticulously through Kubrick's visionary lens and accompanied with breathtaking cinematography and visual effects that stand the test of time.