Graham’s review published on Letterboxd:
I remember watching this for the first time in my twenties and it completely washing over me. "Time for the pub guys, come on... turn this crap off." I was not quite an alcoholic in those days, but going to the boozer definitely featured in my day to day life.
Then about 10 years ago I tried again. Hmm, this is kinda interesting but it's sooo sloooow. It felt like many scenes could be condensed by a factor of 3 to produce 80-90 minutes of great sci-fi film that could give Star Wars a run for its money (I know, I know. Sacrilege!).
Tonight I figured I'd give it another go. I'm a little older now, have more patience, peace and quiet time and a nice big TV to make the most of it. So, it goes something like this:
🔴 For something that is 50+ years old, this is stunningly gorgeous
🌌 The soundtrack is quite simply epic
🦧 The opening ape scene is still hilarious
🚀 I think I finally understand the ending... perhaps, maybe
👽 Kubrick was clearly a genius
💊 I still think this would be best served high on acid (especially the final third)
In other words I enjoyed it twice as much as last time, but for me this is still not something I'd rush to watch again. I hear uber-fans watch it over and over, but for me that's it. Three and done I reckon.