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…
‘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…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Wow. Wow. Wow. How is this film not being praised to the high heavens? A.I. is a film that I have heard so much about, being the combination of the talents of both Kubrick and Spielberg. Yet, everything flows seamlessly, bringing together a film that I am happy to call a misunderstood masterpiece.
The Awesome: Humanistic, beautiful, frightening, disturbing, saddening, unique, tender, wonderful; this film has everything. Haley Joel Osment. My word, what a performance. I honestly can't think of a performance by a child that comes remotely close. The rest of the acting is top-notch as well, especially Jude Law. The visual storytelling is absolutely mind-blowing, bringing unique and showstopping concepts of the future to astonishing clarity. This film…
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.
I don't know how I would rate this movie in terms of quality, but it's the saddest piece of cinema I have ever seen. That title alone gives this movie 4 stars in my book.
Violence against sex workers
Male entitlement to women/Rape culture
That was even more boring than I remember. That kid is a terrible actor, and the script is corny.
Humans create robots to fill a lack who in turn recreate humans to fill a lack.
Impressive in the way it embraces so many weird, uncomfortable turns and remarkable in its sustained vision. In the Marvel-age, it's mind-boggling to think that Warner Bros. put up a cool $100 million to make this happen, then released it in the heat of summer. That was barely more than a decade ago, but given the current climate it feels even longer. A rather despairing, but ultimately resonant view of existence from Spielberg. This, even more than COLOR PURPLE or SCHINDLER'S LIST marks a darkening in his worldview. That evolution makes the conclusion all the more heartbreaking, as the light and (reproduced) life slowly fades away on David's fantasy.
"Please Make Me a Real Boy."
Wow. What a huge project. David the mecha boy's odyssey through the futuristic world to find his maker was a massive story. I can see Kubric crafting this epic with love and nearing the end only to realize that he didn't think that he could pull it off, or at least give it the justice it deserves. So he passes it on to good Mr. Spielberg, a man no stranger to big movies, but this was a new kind of big. And damn was it incredible. I can see why a lot of people aren't fans of this, I'll admit the movie has it's flaws. But none of those flaws were even close to being big enough to make the…
For A.I., the cold and clinical spirit of Kubrick's work met with the cordial and sometime saccharine style of Spielberg's to create a remarkable Pinocchio-cum-Blade Runner fable. The two director's styles are massively disparate (even though Spielberg has indeed clarified that the oft-perceived overly sentimental aspects of the film came from Kubrick, rather than himself) but the result is a challenging and moving sci-fi odyssey that pertains to the ethics of mortality and existentialism. A.I. is one of Spielberg's darkest, most chilling, and certainly most underrated films to date.
Part of my Catchup My Kubrick project.
There were certainly a couple of signature scenes that still had resonance in me after I first watched it in the theaters back in 2001 and not revisited it since.
Otherwise a lot of stuffing in the middle which certainly bloated things up I dared say.
Nevertheless the artistry in the world creation by Steven Spielberg was dazzling even a decade later.
After the premise which at first primed to be those kind of evil doll horror story, it developed into a sad discarded-pet tale after "A Good Son" fracas set in a suburban settings.
Immediately it switched to the "Blade Runner" style neon-lit grim back alley with Jude Law in the spectacular…
Flawed? Sure. It was hard to roll with some parts of the story as it got along, as the beginning of the film created a harder, more straight-laced environment than some of the whimsy that follows.
But you know what? With each passing minute since the film finished, that matters less and less to me. I went in not knowing what to expect, and I'm not sure I was ready for this movie. I have a feeling a rewatch would assuage many of the issues I had.
While a part of me itches to know what Kubrick, who shepherded this project until his death, would have done with this material, Spielberg has put his own stamp on it. It's more than well done enough to be happy with.
- 12 Angry Men
- 2001: A Space Odyssey
- 25th Hour
- 3 Women
- A Trip to the Moon
- The Great Train Robbery
- The Birth of a Nation
- Les Vampires
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- 7th Heaven
- Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
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Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!