My wife and I saw AI tonight. Huge line, the place was packed.
This movie is a "do see," maybe not a "must see." You can skip it
without missing out on a major source of robotic inspiration. You won't
be able to participate in a lot of discussions at work though.
Everybody will be talking about this movie.
I know an earlier SRS reviewer despised it. True, the movie is not
complex, doesn't flow perfectly, doesn't have a solid story line with a
conventional beginning, middle and ending. And for all the technical
excellence in the visuals, Spielberg still does not get it that when any
kind of airborne or submarine vehicles turns, it must bank to generate
the lift for the turn. Lots of other little inaccuracies to go along
with this. But as mentioned, the visuals are superb, and the acting is
superb. The violence is tame compared to what we usually expect, and
the sex is almost nonexistent. Too disturbing for little ones though,
unless you want them up all night, and peeing the bed for a couple of
years into the future.
Now, if you can just let go of yourself and enjoy one wild ride, without
demanding that Spielberg be better than he usually is, or that Kubrik's
whacked-out presence not reveal itself, this movie will set your brain
abuzz. It asks us some serious questions, knowing we already know the
answers, but it is still thought provoking just the same. And there are
mysteries, not just screenplay mistakes, that are left for us to sort
out on our own. There is much of the flavor of Myst, and a tour de
force of special sets and special effects that showcase the state of
that art. And ultimately, it's a love story, a story of hope and hurt.
Its an all too human tragedy, experienced by a machine.
Kevin Ross wrote:
> I went to see A.I. tonight. I thought it was a very good movie, and well
> worth the time. Some parts were obviously rushed, such as the development of
> Davids' relationship with his family. They must have cut something out.
> However, I thought some of the ethical issues raised were fairly
> interesting. The visuals were quite interesting.
> This is NOT a typical Spielberg 'ET' style movie. Leave the kids home, they
> probably won't get it, and there are some parts of the movie that are rather
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