Every film from Roger Ebert's "Great Movies" essays.
A.I. Artificial Intelligence
Journey to a world where robots dream and desire.
Eleven-year-old David is the first android with human feelings. He is adopted by the Swinton family to test his ability to function. Before they are done testing him though David goes off on his own following his wish to be a human. He is on an odyssey to understand the secret to his existence. A science fiction film from Steven Spielberg taken over from Stanley Kubrick.
But in the beginning, didn't God create Adam to love him?
Its known that the elusive Kubrick was good friends with Steven Spielberg; the two brains even had dinner together and often talked for hours about their respective beliefs, influences and cinematic creations. What I would give to see, or hear those two talk...
Artificial Intelligence is the cinematic embodiment of those dinner table talks.
Obviously, the melding of minds between two titans of cinema was going to be a very peculiar project. A.I. is what some would like to describe as a rough handoff, or uneasy transition. The film was almost entirely conceptualized by the great Kubrick before being suddenly handed off to Spielberg a couple years short of…
In creating AI, Spielberg combines cinematic precision and cinematic affection in equal measure to provide a level of cinema that transcends its initial impact. Not only has the acclaimed director created an exemplary piece of entertainment, but a masterpiece of cinema that convert any standard film lover to an enthusiast who craves a better understanding of filmmaking as well as demanding a higher standard of cinema.
Like Blade Runner and Kubrick’s 2001, which are expertly referenced within the narrative, this unique piece of science fiction is all the more affecting several years after its release. This is arguably Spielberg’s most well-rounded and concise creation that is never weighed down by the usual failings. In fact, it’s hard to see where any criticisms towards this film can come from. It is neither overly written, dialogue-heavy or painfully long nor is it overly-sentimental, cheesy or self-indulgent. Within a remarkable filmography AI is second only to Jaws as Spielberg’s best piece of filmmaking.
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I didn't like the first hour or so but in the end it won me over, largely thanks to Jude Law's energy and the general enjoyment I get from watching him act.
I think the fact that this is a slightly darker Spielberg than I had expected puzzled me for a while. When I finally got my head around that it worked for me. While the themes didn't resonate that much with me and I didn't feel that much of an emotional connection to anyone - mainly because I don't find Haley Joel Osment to be a very good actor, partly because the main cast is comprised of robots - he does interesting things with the camera and lighting which made it all worthwhile.
So while it's not nearly one of my favourite Spielberg's, it's still very good and worth a watch.
"I love you, Mommy. I hope you never die. Never."
In terms of Spielberg's filmography, not even Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull seems to be as controversial as A.I, the film that classifies the world of movie goers.
In a year that saw the release of The Lord of the Rings, A.I is a very interesting project. Originally a project sought out by Stanley Kubrick who then passed it onto his good friend Steven Spielberg following his complete failure in producing a legitimate screenplay.
Telling the story into the future of a world where robots are created following the reduction of human population, a robot producing company decides to make a prototype robot designed…
Incredibly sad ... loved it
I always think of this as a failed experiment, but this film burns in my memory in a way like no other movie.
This movie is thoroughly enjoyable, breathtaking, and touching, despite some hiccups here and there. The conception is incredible; however, Spielberg's characteristic sentimental tone is a bit heavy-handed, and we are left wondering what the result would have been if Kubrick had lived long enough to direct it.
Really solid, but the 3rd act was quite weak. If I would have seen this when it first came out, I might've bought into the CGI, but they just didn't hold up well a decade later. Does a great job of creating a fascinating world for most of the film, though.
One of the best of Spielberg- a gorgeous and beautiful film- a science fiction lullaby and fairy tale.
Yikes. I just wasn't into this at all. Sloppy script, unorganized production design, and way too many "cool" ideas for just one movie. I applaud its efforts, but ultimately, A.I. was just a mess. It was a good idea, but dude, when a story as cerebral and interesting as this one utilizes an overly sentimental Spielberg flair, symbolism shoved down my throat, John Williams' score manipulating every scene, and a freaking moon balloon, I'm just not going to like it that much. However, Jude Law was fantastic. And I do like Spielberg, a lot. This was just a total miss for me.
Though the premise is interesting, Spielberg ultimately fails to deliver his usual caliber of film. Not even the excellent acting can save the mediocre story.
The way I see it, A.I. is kind of two films in one; one about a family trying to bond with a robot kid, the other about a robot kid trying to make it on his own in the cruel real world. Roughly.
A story like that demands a director who has good control on what is going on at all times, and who's able to manouver his way through that story without causing the entire film to crash and burn. I think Spielberg succeeds with this. He is truly a filmmaker who knows how to handle demanding scripts, and with A.I. he connects these stories exceptionally well, and makes sure that what could have been a confusing experience, rather ends up like a quite beautiful fairytale.
Oh yes, A.I. has its flaws, but with such a creative story executed in such a brilliant way as Spielberg's way of telling such a story, this is quite an experience.
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