I saw this in London the week it came out in '71. I've seen it countless times since. An audacious film true to the spirit of the book with some great references to earlier Kubrick films . Uncompromising, satirical and disturbing. Genius.
I've now seen this twice. It was actually even better the second time. It actually needs multiple viewings. Nolan isn't afraid to push below the surface of anything he does and this is no exception. Amongst the lofty themes of time/space theory , space colonization against saving those on planet earth , he still manages to include family , self-preservation versus the continuation of the human race . The continuation of a space programme opposed to the use of funds…
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Thanks to my son I'd already read the book . What is interesting is that the director here has concentrated on an underlying theme of the book rather than the main narrative. To me the theme is ; "what would an alien living amongst earth people actually make of them? And how would it affect their thinking." If you're looking for an "alien versus earth " movie walk on by . This is an incredibly deep film asking huge questions…