2001: A Space Odyssey

2001: A Space Odyssey ★★★★½

I liked this better on my most recent rewatch. I generally prefer movies that are more plot-driven and focused on storytelling, but there is something undeniable about the audacity of Kubrick's 2001. It is one of the most gorgeous films I've ever seen. It is so visually engaging, it can sustain long stretches without dialogue or action, and feels sonically and visually rich in spite of being essentially sparse.. I still don't know that I understand the allegory at the heart of this film, but it feels like that's by design, rather than a failing. I still struggle with the last act of the film, but there is so much to love here, I couldn't help but enjoy the experience.

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