I recently re-watched this classic for the first time in a few years and was immediately struck at just how much I had missed from the "grand picture" or "grand narrative" of things that the movie empathizes, and indeed, showcases to brilliance. First of all there's the theme of the film - that of a humanity who's evolution had been interfered with by a mysterious alien civilization learning to stand for the first time - indeed the process of ageing that comes with a high-level extraterrestrial contact. There's also the luxurious use of space craft and space-age technology in the film - the aesthetic that defined this as Kubrick's first classic and indeed as a film worthy of some note well into the future. I can see Star Wars drew a lot from this film. Personally, I never grew tired or bored with what was presented, I just ate it all up and marveled in the imagery and the mind-bending concept. I would welcome fellow BBSers thoughts on the film.