Jason Linsel’s review published on Letterboxd:
“Good afternoon gentlemen. I am a HAL 9000 system”
2001: A Space Odyssey is a marvel. It’s undeniably the most influential science fiction film ever made, a bonofide classic with countless iconic and genre defining scenes. It’s punctuated by a breathtaking and enthralling soundtrack and stunning cinematography and it’s entirely stood the test of time.
But here’s the kicker, I don’t actually think it’s a very good film.
I know, I know, get those pitchforks ready.
I do appreciate it on a technical level and I have enormous respect for Stanley Kubrick and Arthur C Clarke’s intentions and it’s legacy is well established. The Dawn of Man & HAL 9000 sections are absolutely mesmerising and iconic touchstones of film history, but let’s be honest, the rest is remarkably dull.
Very little of consequence happens for huge chunks of time and I think an hour could have easily been cut from the runtime with no sacrifices to the overall picture.
It definitely deserves a place on the AFI Top 100 list, but If anyone asks me to watch it again my answer will be “I’m afraid I can’t do that”.