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.
Film #40 of No Rewatch November
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.
One of the more underrated films of the 00's, still to this day misunderstood. While flawed, there's so much interesting craft and creepiness going on that I'm always hooked even when its weird or disjointed. Now that more time has passed from Osment's heydey and Kubrick's death, which cast a big shadow over this whole thing, I would encourage revisiting this one.
Haley Joel Osment is one creepy child, I was completely convinced that he was a robot... though I ended up mistakenly thinking he was an alien by the end of it. It was Jude Law's performance I loved, however, as he brings a great energy to the second act.
Originally a project of Stanley Kubrick's before he died, there's an obvious influence of his style as this is one of Spielberg's most intelligently crafted films. The science fiction setting is fantastic and the futuristic dystopian society is intriguing, but in between all of this is a fantastic dark, drama. A.I. goes places you never thought it would making it an incredibly entertaining watch.
Far better than I remember it, goes up a whole star and a half. The second half fails to live up to the brilliant first half, but its still bloody good. At the end of the film I felt the most sorry for Teddy, though I think that could be the idea.
Written and Directed by: Steven Spielberg (Jaws, Saving Private Ryan)
Starring: Haley Joel Osment (The Sixth Sense) and Jude Law (Sherlock Holmes)
"His love is real. But he is not"
A.I. Artificial Intelligence is a 2001 science-fiction drama written and directed by Steven Spielberg, based on the short story “Super-Toys Last All Summer Long” by Brian Aldiss, and starring Haley Joel Osment and Jude Law. The film first began development by director Stanley Kubrick in the early 1970’s and called Spielberg (who Kubrick wanted to directed the picture) to help him develop the project. But when Mr. Kubrick passed away in 1999, Steven Spielberg decided to finish the film for his good friend. I for one am extremely thankful that…
(Originally published in 2009 at blogs.dailyherald.com)
Stanley Kubrick died March 7, 1999, just four months before his final directorial effort, "Eyes Wide Shut," was released to theaters. He didn't live to see the 21st century and, consequently, the year 2001, which is an awful shame. Kubrick's work often seemed ahead of its time, even when it was telling stories about the present.
Originally his project, "A.I." was so far ahead of our time that even Kubrick failed to bring it to fruition. Based upon a short story by Brian Aldiss, "A.I." required visual effects that no one thought possible until Steven Spielberg's "Jurassic Park" appeared in 1993. And even then, Kubrick felt that Spielberg himself would be a better director…
I don't know what exactly it is about this film, but it just misses it's mark somewhat on me. It should be so amazing, one of my favourites, but instead I always feel somewhat let down. Maybe it's fitting that the film can never quite be perfect, in the same way that David can never quite be human, but I still find myself wondering what it would be like if Kubrick had directed it instead of Spielberg.
I honestly think this is one of the best films I've seen. It gets more mesmerizing/impressive/heart-shattering every time I watch it. It's one of those movies where I have to take myself out of it a little bit when I'm watching it with other people to avoid the embarrassment of being a sobbing mess. Somehow Kubrick's and Spielberg's styles just compliment each other so well and kind of cancel out the other's flaws. It's emotionally cathartic but not sentimental, and it's bleak and upsetting but not alienating - although I will say you really have to be with it to get the full impact - there were as many snickers as there were sniffles during the last half hour in…
An uncharacteristically bleak--if deeply thought-provoking and emotionally profound--Spielberg work. Not without its flaws, but damn if this isn't risky, necessary storytelling. Every kid in America should be encouraged to watch this film.
Minus a half star for causing me to seriously contemplate suicide.
A fantastic unique and entertaining sci-fi film. One of the good ones from Spielberg. It's a shame there are so few good ones from him.
About 45 minutes into this I was thinking 'wow, why don't people talk about this film more? This could end up as one of my all-time favourites'.
Then Jude Law turned up and ruined everything, as he so often does. Law and his character are both insufferable- he can't even play a robot convincingly. The film never really recovered from his introduction.
Almost but not quite.