2001: A Space Odyssey

2001: A Space Odyssey ★★★★★

This is my fourth or fifth viewing of 2001: A Space Odyssey, yet I am rendered nearly speechless from the experience. Honestly, I have been been pondering what the hell to even say about what is quite possibly the greatest film of all time, and for the past 20 or so minutes I have begun typing something only to quickly delete it because the words don't seem to do it justice. I feel no need to analyze the film, as it has been done so many times before by minds far more knowledgeable than mine. I don't search for the answers with this work, and as strange as it sounds I wouldn't want them if they were offered to me. Part of the reason I still find myself in awe of this film is because I embrace the notion that the brilliance of Kubrick is something I cannot fully comprehend.

While I don't have all the pieces of a puzzle that I never plan on completing, I would like to think I have some, and what I see here is a fascinating representation of the evolution of man. 2001 is a film that was vastly ahead of its time, released 46 years ago and yet not only does it hold up under the big budget, digitally enhanced standards of today, it still manages to feel like a slice of cinematic future rather than a landmark of the past. An achievement so stunning it manages to dwarf the rest of the filmography of Kubrick, the finest work by the finest filmmaker since the medium came into existence.

To put it simply, 2001: A Space Odyssey is perfect.

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