Len Fearnside’s review published on Letterboxd:
Watched for HAL's birthday! boxd.it/2OWk
"Kaboom! That, the sound of the thunderous volcanic explosion
that gives birth to the magnificent geode!" - Martin Prince
For some reason on this screening I could not get that quote out of my head and I kept thinking of 2001 as this creation that was just borne of the earth. It was not a film crafted by various hands with actors and sets and whatnot, it was an organic creation that either crash landed on this planet, or was spit up from the ground below. It was found by Kubrick in some abandoned part of the world, then unveiled to the world as his own creation.
Does that mean everything that happens in this film is real? Maybe, I can't say for certain, but on this viewing it sort of felt that way. Maybe the star gate is starting to melt my brain, or maybe after watching something so many times you start to think silly thoughts. I don't know. Suffice to say I loved it all over again and in a strange way it felt like I had never watched it before even though I knew what what was going to happen. Maybe I'm just losing it.
2001, what a magnificent geode.