A mysterious black monolith encountered by our prehistoric past leaps millennia and connects to a future of colonised space. Where astronaut Bowman is about to explore uncharted territory. A poetic meditation on technology and humanity adapted from a story by the revered Arthur C. Clarke.
If one were to choose the greatest "cinematic" film of all time, there is no contest. It's this film. 2001 is a gargantuan, beautiful, esoteric, miraculous film, with workmanship that is more akin to bona-fide illusion and magic than camerawork and special effects. The only film that comes close to this cinematic monster is The Tree Of Life, but 2001 was decades ahead of its time.
This is cinema.
No other film has made me look beyond what is being presented on the screen more than this one. Kubrick presents us with imagines but doesn't give us blatent answers. It becomes something that very few films ever become, an enigma.