First time seeing this film in my life and it was at the 70mm Cinerama Dome. Was tripping balls the entire time.
Stanley Kubrick is a master of cinema, and this is one of many, MANY examples.
Something in its mandarin blankness and balletic vastness, and refusal to trade in the emollient dramatic forms of human interest and human sympathy. Kubrick leaves usual considerations behind with his readiness to imagine a post-human future.
The final passages are the most exultant in their taking us beyond ourselves into a wide-eyed state of untarnished possibilities; entirely without words, the film reminds us that, despite how far we’ve come, the real odyssey has only just begun.