Space: the final frontier. Many have tried and many have failed, but 2001: A Space Odyssey stands forth, 40 years after its release, as the only film that has ever come close to capturing the true mystery of outer space.

Stanley Kubrick crafts a movie that elevates itself over its already lofty setting, creating a movie that is equally about exploration of the human psyche as it is exploration of the Milky Way. If any of this sounds, well spacey, it’s because 2001 is probably the single best example of transcendental filmmaking that has ever existed. One does not just watch 2001, they experience it.

2001: A Space Odyssey remains on a short list of films that everyone’s seen, but no one really understands. And therein lies the beauty of Kubrick’s masterpiece.

Its vivid complexity confounds and teases the mind with just enough explanation to keep you captured without being overtly pretentious. 2001: A Space Odyssey is the only film about space that matters. Watch it, experience it and fall in love with it.