Serge The Movie Guy’s review published on Letterboxd:
Introduction to Film Studies
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968).
"Dave, this conversation can serve no purpose anymore."
Stanley Kubrick's masterpiece...pretty much.
This is one of the few, if not the only film that's ever put me in an actual trance. At its most simplistic meaning, it's a film about the search for God in a scientific manner. It's of course much more than that. I'll never really have the right words to describe it. It's top 5, maybe top 3, for me in terms of Kubrick's best films.
While it's not necessarily brining, it's very long and I still think some scenes could have been shortened and maybe one scene not used at all.
Watching this during film studies and discussing it throughout really helped me understand some things better. The best view I had of this was in IMAX black in August.
I'm going to start watching Tarkovsky's films soon but here's an interesting comparison I heard:
'Kubrick was always the master of making the subjective seem objective...Tarkovsky was the master of making the objective seem subjective.' Source - unknown.
Anyway, this film still holds up after many years. Glad to watch it again.