A.I. Artificial Intelligence Reviews
The mother of the family Monica (Frances O' Connor) at first struggles with this idea, and finds him to be creepy. She eventually comes around and gives David the code words that will actual make him desire love from her. When their real son makes a miraculous recovery, things take a turn as the real son Martin jockeys for his parents love and teases and tortures David. When David unintentionally puts Martin in danger, they decide it's for the best to abandon him in a forest. David searches for the blue fairy that will turn him into a real boy, as he once heard his mother read to Martin the story of Pinocchio. He is convinced finding her will turn him into a real boy, and his mother will then truly love him. In this process, he comes across a sex robot Gigolo Joe (Jude Law) and several other robots who are being destroyed and tortured to entertain humans. Together they survive and travel to the ends of the earth and the abandoned city of New York to find the blue fairy.
Artificial Intelligence is divided into 4 chapters. The first part of the film is a creepy and slow moving horror like film. The slow tension and the characteristics of David make the human not particularly care for David or his feelings. This turns around slightly when he is belittled by Martin, but at the same time you cannot feel that they must get rid of David to ensure Martin's safety and development. The second chapter of the film is emotional and the most provocative part of the film. As the people torture, destroy these innocent robotic creatures, there is a feeling of depression and empathy. When a kind robot reaches out to David and tries to care for him, and moments later is doused in acid and destroyed for entertainment, was quite gut wrenching. This section of the film makes you empathize for the robots answers the question originally posed in the film and contradicts the first chapter of the film. The third chapter of the film has a sense of adventure, and discovery. The imagery of the futuristic cities, and the post-apocalyptic ocean sunken cities were well designed. Had the film ended with this chapter, as David wishes endlessly to become a real boy, this would have been the best ending for the film in my opinion. The ultimate empathy and caring for this robot character would have been encapsulated in this moment.
Unfortunately, there is the fourth part of the film which really just takes the film to a level that completely undermines and contrasts the feeling of the first 3 chapters of the film. Artificial Intelligence is quite a film that takes on a lot of ambition and scope. The futuristic setting, and the physiological aspects of the film are tough to balance, but were done fairly well. Haley Joel Osment gave a very good performance for his age in what is a pretty dark and mature film. Each of the chapters of the film do not go on longer than they should. I never really connected with or cared for Jude Law's performance and felt a better performance would invoked more empathy and desire to keep the two characters going on their journey. The fourth chapter with the advanced machines, that looked way too much like aliens is really the low part of the film. Although some of Jude Law's character words try and foreshadow this event, it still feels out of place. Restoring David to force a happy ending seriously made the film much worse and keep A.I. from being what could have been a masterpiece, to a good film.