K’s review published on Letterboxd:
The 50th anniversary screening finally came to my city today and despite seeing this film 7/8 times watching it in the cinema completely blew me away, it was like watching it for the first time. Every single little detail stands out so much more on the big screen, each noise is amplified to the max, each line of dialogue reels you just that extra bit more. If you get the chance and you’re a big fan of the film, do yourself a favour and go if you can!
I haven’t done a review on this despite it being my favourite film for the simple reason that I cannot add anything else, if you’ve watched the film once or more then you know the blocking is done to perfection, you know each line of dialogue is crucial to the story, you know the practical effects are fantastic and you know this film is one of Kubricks best. But the reason I’m doing this review is because seeing this in the cinema, watching a 50 year old film in 2018 among the sea of comic book films and blockbusters; 2001: A Space Odyssey still holds up, it doesn’t feel dated; in fact it felt like a breath of fresh air among the blockbusters and the half-assed action films to see a film with ambition and have the films quality match the ambition the director put into it.
This is why 2001 is my favourite film, because no matter what this film will always seem fresh; it’s the perfect blend of art and entertainment, it offers fresh ideas and looks to the future without answering all your questions, it leaves you wanting more and doesnt fulfill that desire, the film doesn’t want you to like it nor does it want you to understand it. 2001: A Space Odyssey just is, you can take it at face value or analyse it to your hearts content, the film is a masterpiece.