I know that this film divides people and I believe that the attitudes towards Tree of Life at the moment may be a good comparison. Both are primarily Art - 2001 is definately not the Transformers 3 of the time. Mister Hatter managed to watch a cinema screening and, alongside the British Film Critic Barry Norman, this is generally seen as the way to watch the film.
I managed to watch it for the first time a while back and, keeping it contemporary, I managed to link the film with ... Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull...
"Strangely enough, having watched Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull only recently, it is a similar theme: we can search and crave for all the knowledge in the world; we could know everything. But it is the journey in finding, bit by bit, this knowledge that is the beauty of being human. This constant question-asking is important - the answers not-so-much."
If you think this is crazy talk, then you need to read the rest so - if you want to finish the review - click here