Jamestuddsworth’s review published on Letterboxd:
Confidence shines throughout this whole film. It's unconventional, slow, seemingly detached and super strange - but there is always a strong sense of direction. Even the small signs of confidence from behind the camera gives me chills. The way the tripod is mounted firmly during the monkey scenes - It might be a stupid example, but I love it when films do that; Showing us what it has to offer, without blurring, shaking or distorting anything. Creating a clear window for us to look through.
Some directors shy away from that, maybe because they are afraid that the content itself won't have enough of an effect on the audience. They then turn to misusing the shaky cam effect and shoots extreme closeups to hide this fact. This film does not do any of that when not needed.
Because Stanley Kubrick knew he was making a masterpiece.