Directed By: Steven Spielberg
Written By: Stanley Kubrick
I’ve read that Stanley Kubrick began working on this film in the 70s, always waiting for the necessary technology to develop before getting into actual production. It seems Kubrick actually wanted a real robot to play the part of David. Kubrick may have been a little nuts and unrealistic but he did make great movies. Unfortunately he did not live to actually make this one and his friend Steven Spielberg took up the helm after his death. Spielberg is a terrific filmmaker and you can see his talent throughout this film as with all his others. I don’t think this is his best movie however. It is long and can be painfully boring at times. Haley Joel Osment delivers a fantastic performance, but the kid creeps me out. At times I still find myself feeling like I’m watching a horror movie.
A.I. does deliver an interesting view of the future that at times is reminiscent of Blade Runner. This is a powerful film and the performances are great. Not just Osment, who really is phenomenal, but William Hurt is great, Francis O’Connor is at her best, and Jude Law isn’t that bad. If you have some time to kill and the patience to stick with a slow movie then check this one out, it’s a great science fiction film.
I have always loved this movie. It is really long and tiresome, but the theme and story are really original and different. I think the acting done by Haley Joel Osment is great. I think he really understand this robot’s character and fully embraced it. He is eerily creepy in some scenes, which I think he is supposed to be and he completely succeeds. This is a film to watch if you like the sorts of futuristic “what if” storylines.
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