Directed by: Steven Spielberg
Starring: Haley Joel Osment, Jude Law, Frances O'Connor, Brendan Gleeson, Sam Robards, William Hurt, Jake Thomas
Synopsis: A child robot, created with the ability to love, searches for a way to become real.
I've been trying to write this review for about a month now. The following includes paraphrased snippets from a conversation that lasted several hours and included several bevvies. Think "paradoxes of time travel", Newt.
Ice: How's the review of A.I. coming along?
Ripley: I'm having trouble with it. I'll tell you what I have so far.
A.I. is visually spectacular. The effects, the scenery, the robots -- all of them are extremely well done. Problem is... the movie sucks.
Ice: The movie doesn't suck. You didn't like it but the movie doesn't suck.
Jude Law is interesting as Gigolo Joe...
Ice: Jude Law did a great job.
...but Osment's David came across as more creepy than anything else.
Ice: Ohhh yeah. Definitely.
It's done in the style of Stanley Kubrick which means there are lots of long, drawn-out, boring scenes with "hey, this is a thought-provoking moment!" music.
Ice: The dedication at the end of the movie said it all. Spielberg made the movie for Kubrick. If you don't like Kubrick, you won't like the movie.
Ripley: And I don't like Kubrick. I think he's overrated.
Maybe I would have liked it more if it had ended about half an hour before it actually did, but I doubt it.
Ice: The ending was appropriate.
Ripley: I've read lots of reviews that agree with me. The "second" ending seems tacked on.
Ice: Then those reviewers don't understand. The ending was consistent with Aldiss's story.
[Insert explanation of an important point about the ending that I had missed. As well as, discussion of other aspects of the movie, Kubrick's films in general, and Stephen King books. Hey, you had to be there.]
Ripley: You realize you didn't make it any easier for me to write the review.
Ice: Yeah, I know. Sorry.
I suppose it's one of those movies that should be seen but don't say I didn't warn you. At the very least, it'll provoke some interesting discussion afterwards.Added 25 October 2002 at 11:38 AM
Jaw-dropping effects, interesting camera angles and absolutely perfect casting could not save this movie. The advertisments built it up to be much more than it could have been. It was a total disappointment.
And Ripley? For MaryAnn, the movie DID end 1/2 hour earlier.... she slept through it.Added 09 March 2003 at 4:09 PM