João Almeida’s review published on Letterboxd:
"2001: A Space Odyssey" was one of those movies that I wanted to see for a long time, but, for some reason, I never got to see. So, when last week one of my university teachers said that in the next class we would watch this movie, I was quite excited.
And after seeing this film, I can only say: wow. This movie is formidable. However, the experience of watching him in class was very bad. It enerves me to hear people say "What a shitty movie", making fun of the film, or say sarcastically "That's so well done". These people think what, that cinema only exist since 2010? Do you really think that the technology in the 60's is the same of these days? Really? Do they think that only blockbusters are films? Honestly, I also like blockbusters. But let's be honest, most of them are just to entertain and eat popcorn. Movies like "2001: A Space Odyssey" are culture, and teach something. Just because a movie is from 1968 is bad? Seriously, never imagined that there's still people who say this stuff.
If they at least presented me with valid arguments on why they didn't like the movie, I would understand them. But that's not what happened. Instead, I spent most time of the session hearing people whispering and making fun of the film. This attitude doesn't make any sense. If they had no interest in seeing the movie, at least they weren't silent and respected who wanted to see him. Sorry for the outburst, I'm really upset with this situation.
So, let's finally talk about the movie. "2001: A Space Odyssey" is one of the most incredible films I ever saw in my life. Stanley Kubrick was a visionary. This movie was very advanced for its time, that predicted many things about nowadays and the future.
"2001: A Space Odyssey" it's a little ambiguous, what I like, but for me, is not only about the evolution of mankind and how the advancement of technology affects us, sometimes leading us to ignorance.
This movie is incredible. The story is fascinating. The soundtrack is very good, although I also liked a lot the way Kubrick worked with the silence to build suspense. And the cinematography, my goshm the cinematography. The best I have ever saw. The symmetry of each plan is mesmerizing. Beautiful.
This film is one of the greatest masterpieces in cinema history.