I prefer the Soderbergh version, which connects the thematic dots more concisely & carries a much greater emotional weight. Tarkovsky's film is certainly of interest, specifically in how it evolves his key theme, memory. The absent wife, the childhood home, the dog, the mother, all find their way into later masterworks, Mirror & Nostalgia. A film full of profoundly beautiful moments amid scenes of arduous exposition.
Sadcore science fiction. Despite my rating, I really appreciated this movie. Nevertheless, there were some aspects, such as its simplistic plot, that didn't allow me to fully experience it as cohesively and deeply as I think I could've. It's quite a journey to experience and, mainly, to feell - and reflect about the wonderful questions it rises by the end.
Yet another pretentious foreign art-film that has its characters spend way too much time spouting nonsensical pseudo-philosophical "insights" that aren't really all that insightful. The tedious philosophizing (along with the also typical foreign art-film ultra-sluggish pace) get in the way of what is otherwise a pretty cool, moody sci-fi story. It gets a C.
The only thing in common with "2001", outside of space travel, is being sci-fi milestone of its native country. Outside of that, it reaches the heights and profoundness that very few art films managed to do, let alone its genre competitors. Larger than life themes of humanity and existence are successfully overshadowed by unique vision of poetic, musical imagery and it's simply one of the greatest movie achievements.
Tarkovsky's most famous work is one calmly restless masterpiece. Sinister camera pushes and very intelligent editing and blocking create a harrowing mood befit of a genuine psychological thriller, both relentless and effortlessly propelling the viewer forward with the story.
I'm obsessed with this film. I saw it for the first time recently, a 35mm print! It's the type of slow burn space station drama that really stimulates my imagination. This is the second Andrei Tarkovsky film I've seen and it's now my mission to see the rest of his work. I highly recommend it for anyone who wonders what intelligences might wait for us amongst the stars.