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…
A person recently told me that while he felt unprepared to raise children, he definitely intended to have them, sooner rather than later, with the hope that their existence would bring order and focus to a life lacking all these attributes. This seems like a terrible but definitely not untypical plan, and the question is what kind of abuse, neglect, resentful behavior and other forms of parental distancing take place when (as must often be the case) children turn out not to be reliable emotional crutches or conveyers of constant feel-good vibes but flawed, idiosyncratic human beings for whom no reaction is yet normal or expected, adolescents who will be frustratingly strange and inadvertently terrifying until they've been exposed to…
As the months on the calendar continue to fall off far too rapidly and the years start to sound more like a science fiction setting rather than the present, the year 2001 starts to remind me less of the Kubrick masterpiece and more of a time long since passed. While I recall the memories of things that will be impossible to forget, like the surreal day in September in which America was attacked, very little of what I personally experienced back then will register in my mind ever again. I was 17 years old and the days I lived then all blur together in a mess of underage alcohol consumption and raging hormones, but oddly enough I have carried a…
‘Artificial Intelligence’, world famous director Steven Spielberg’s somewhat overlooked 2001 film about a robotic boy that is longs for his human foster mother’s love, is dividable into three chapters. First there is the prologue, of which I was afraid it would comprise the environment for the whole film, that aroused feelings of awkwardness, quite a bit like ‘We Need to Talk About Kevin’ did. The moral dilemmas that are brought up in here are forced down the viewer’s throat and as such I was very happy to see that the movie took a turn into a much more fun second part, wherein our protagonist teamed up with a middle-aged male love-robot, played by Jude Law. For what seems like a…
Haven't seen this since September 2001, when I walked out of the cinema sporting roughly the following expression: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Tonight's re-watch on Blu-ray: Completely. Destroyed me. Quintessential Spielberg plus quintessential Kubrick, working (for the most part) in immaculate harmony. Fear and wonder indeed.
Probably the two worst things that ever happened to "A.I." were "Saving Private Ryan" and "Minority Report". Sandwiched between an all-time masterpiece and possibly one of the most entertaining sci-fi movies of that decade, "A.I." ended up receiving the shit end of the stick with nothing but hatred, mockery and unfair criticism. Yes, you read it right. Unfair.
As a Spielberg apologist I feel it is my duty to come to the defence of "A.I.", which (when brought up in conversation) quickly becomes a whipping boy for the misinformed, disappointed haters. Personally, I'm glad I didn't get to see this film when it was originally released, as being a young and uninitiated I would have probably jumped on the band…
A great Sci-Fi film with fantastic practical effects and bursting with visual detail. The beginning is quite creepy but then it becomes sweeter and sadder as it progresses. There is a strong feeling of dread through most of the film which perhaps comes from the Kubrick influence but its a little too sentimental by the end. Still I can't think of a recent big Sci-Fi film that feels as well realised as A.I.
Hadn't watched this since I was 10 or 11 years old. Wow.
Kubrick's influence works perfectly. Speilberg's added sentimentality doesn't.
Kubrick-Spielberg is the best Spielberg. The "Flesh Fair" sequence is one of the most chilling scenes in a mainstream major film, especially coming from the mind of the man who made SCHINDLER'S LIST.
There exists a better world than this one, a world where Steven Spielberg continued to make genre bursting sci-fi films and Haley Joel Osment and Jude Law continued churning out the types of performances they give in AI (and THE SIXTH SENSE/THE TALENTED MR. RIPLEY).
What a heart-wrenching, emotional roller coaster AI is. Hits me every single time and the more I think about the ramifications of this world, the worse it feels. Hurts so good.
Especially love Spielberg's use of "Pinocchio", "The Stolen Child", "Sleeping Beauty", "I Only Have Eyes For You" and tons of other literary/music/film references that pull the emotions the audience has associated with those works and mixes them with this film. Nostalgic and futuristic and perfect.
A.I.: ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE is a film that is bizarrely confused with itself. While it does have a unique visual style, a strong emotional core, and a fascinating vision of the future with how humans can treat robots, the film's actual plot doesn't seem to have a connection with the ideas that are built on this futuristic world. Not to mention, I can't decide if the ending satisfies me or not. I appreciate the film for being ambitious, but most of its intentions are very flawed in my opinion.
PUFF, PUFF..What a journey! You don't know where this movie is going to take you. Man they don't make movie like this again today don't they. If you know a spanish movie 'Eva' you'll see some similar messages, but damn A.I. was a whole giant message to hit human.
My tagline for this: "Love, a many-splintered thing. Dream, a many-splintered way. A robot will teach you how to love and dream."
I've loved this film since seeing it in a near empty theater during Week Two of its theatrical run about 14 years ago. The final half hour remains as heartbreaking now as it was then. Happy ending? Not one bit.
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