Tuesday, April 13, 2010

#205: A.I. Artificial Intelligence

2001, TSPDT Rank #813

A.I. was the brainchild of Stanley Kubrick, and constituted most of his work in the 1990s toward developing ideas for it - although eventually Ian Watson wrote the official screen story, and after Kubrick's death the project was taken over by Steven Spielberg. Kubrick's name actually does not appear in the credits, except for a dedication. But this is probably all right, because this film only very slightly resembles anything that Kubrick may have done - one can tell that the ideas have been highly watered down and sentimentalized by Spielberg. This film would have been darker, imaginative, provocative, and brilliant had Kubrick been involved after the film was conceived. Even though the movie pales in comparison to everything else made by Kubrick except for Fear and Desire, there are still some nice touches and shots that you can tell are included in Kubrick's memory. Don't believe people who say it's a great movie - it's definitely mediocre at best.

(Rating: 5/10)


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