kev.’s review published on Letterboxd:
"Eighteen months ago, the first evidence of intelligent life off the Earth was discovered.”
A very ambitious film, especially for its time, that was set to tell a story about space travel but went above and beyond that. With impressive storytelling, Stanley Kubrick (with Arthur C. Clarke) in a way managed to tell a story about the rise and fall of humankind; whether real or fictional, there’s no denying that it can feel close to reality. It deals with human evolution, going as far back as to our earlier species attempting to make contact with outer space and then going into the future to a world where space travel is common thing, life outside of earth has been found, and machines have evolved past the human abilities, then gradually taking over. It portrays space as a dark, dangerous place while still showing its beauty and wonder to get its message across: space holds much more knowledge than we can fathom, which is something Kubrick himself firmly believed in.
Besides the incredibly advanced themes and messages, 2001 set a precedent for the future for filmmaking with its innovative techniques and mesmerizing visuals. It goes far beyond the genre of science fiction and instead stands on its own. I feel like if you tried to pinpoint a film that truly made an impact in the world of filmmaking as we know it, this is the one.