A.I. Artificial Intelligence Reviews
The film is based on the 1969 short story "Super-Toys Last All Summer Long" by Brian Aldiss. The project was in development since the early 1970s by Kubrick, who handed it over to Spielberg decades later.
This is unnatural territory for Spielberg, as it is not exactly Hollywood standard audience fodder. It is a tremendously moving study of a robot-boy's natural tendency to feel a mother's love and be real. Essentially this is a futuristic retelling of the "Pinocchio" story.
The finale is awe-inspiring as it catapults us 2,000 years into the future. The film could have ended perfectly without this last segment, but this is a work of art, not a mass consumption Hollywood blockbuster targeted towards thick-skulled viewers.
The film is not for everyone. It is long at 2.5 hours, but will reward those who pay attention and focus on its beauty during this time.
The acting and cinematography is hard to fault and it for sure make you think how good AI could be, could we get an attachment to synths.
Sci-fi...got to love it!
I'll start out by saying that I didn't hate this movie, but it felt too sappy and out there that I felt that this basic retelling of an already great movie was unnecessary. The effects were great, the acting was great, but I felt the plot lacked something throughout. Perhaps it was that this story felt too heartfelt.
Overall, "A.I." isn't Spielberg's worst effort, but I find this film to be riding the bottom of the barrel when it comes to his filmography. That isn't saying much his Spielberg doesn't make too many bad movies, but I must say if I had to call at least three of his films "bad", this movie certainly would make the cut. 5.6/10