Stephanie K.’s review published on Letterboxd:
I am so angry with myself that it took me so long to get around to watching this movie. This movie is so incredible that I feel like my entire standard for judging movies has to be reevaluated. Without question, Stanley Kubrick has to be the most talented director in cinema’s history. Kubrick is not only innovative with his directing, he can tell a story in a way that is so captivating. “2001: A Space Odessey” was made in 1968; that absolutely blows my mind! Can you imagine what people were saying when they left the theater almost 50 years ago? Modern films use fancy directing and special effects so audiences have become jaded and unimpressed with directors’ choices. Kubrick’s original audience couldn’t have felt jaded because this is the first movie of its kind. Kubrick was so inventive, original, and has completely transformed what a movie could be through this film.
There was literally nothing I didn’t love about this film. The beginning of the film shows The Dawn of Man which is absolutely brilliant. Kubrick shows the prehistoric man discovering tools and weapons. This is such an incredible choice because it’s completely juxtaposed with the rest of the film showing how much our species has developed, not only biologically, but with technologically as well. The choreography of these ape-like people is so authentic, one forgets they’re actually actors in costumes. I could probably write a 100 page dissertation on how this was the best movie ever created, but I’m sure you’ve all seen it and already know.
Every shot was more beautiful than the previous. There were so many scenes where I thought, “this would have been incredible to see on the big screen.” If I ever find it playing somewhere I must go. If you’re a film lover and you have not seen this movie, I highly recommend it!
As a side note, while watching this film I thought I should create a list of movies that would have been better if Kubrick directed them. I then realized this would be an impossible list because every movie could have benefited if Kubrick was the director. I wish he was still around today to produce masterpieces like this...