My rating: ****
Recently I had an interesting discussion with a couple of friends about the complete disappearance of the twentieth century futurist vision, a vision which perhaps reached its culmination in the 1980s. 2001 is a reminder of that vision. The camera lingers languorously over the beautifully designed sets and models. The story and its pseudo mystical elements are just a device to hang this artistic futurist vision on. The soundtrack of course is famous and is the perfect accompaniment to the visuals as is the minimalist acting by both machine and humans.