A.I. Artificial Intelligence, Movie Review|
Piece of crap or brilliant concept piece? Most likely crap.
I was left puzzled and amazed at many things about this movie. I can't say
it was 'bad' because there were actually moving and thought-provoking things
that will stick with me like those strange dreams that suddenly get weird in
a way-out-of-left-field way. My heart-strings were strung goddamn
it (Spielberg is like the crack cocaine of schmaltz), and then it just got
creepy and strange for no apparent reason other then it didn't have a solid
third act, so where do you go but down for another ten or fifteen minutes
until the audience is sighing at the audacity of it all.
It stumped me.
How A.I. got greenlighted, tested, and released with this script
(supposedly taking years to finish) is beyond me, but the egos involved
prevailed and got their way. The on-screen talent was decent, the special
effects were stunning (though we're probably all jaded to multimillion
dollar CGI by now...). The issues raised were complex enough to be provoking,
yet they were overshadowed by ham-fisted sentimentality, story-book plot development, and one-dimensional
caricature. The set design was great, especially in Rouge City (which reminded me
of Burning Man meets Vegas) a poorly underused segment of the film.
There was a lot of weird shit going down for normal Hollywood standards,
especially at the end. It definitely bends genres in a way that is almost sick and wrong.
I left the theater with a crowd that couldn't quite grasp what they had seen, as if
waking from a stupefied sleep to brush it off as an utter piece of shit and
go get a beer. I am guessing the critics will tank on it, not knowing what to make of it,
or be split at best. I will remember it oddly but fondly.
Haley Joel actually did as good a job as the
script could allow. I believed his pain. I smell another Oscar nomination (will he win this time!
I hope he doesn't cry again. So sad.). I can recommend it ONLY at matinee
prices, or on video. Nowhere near as bad a 'Bicentennial Man' or any other
robot movie I can think of ('Electric Dreams' still being my favorite AI
movie, so now you know). Borrows heavily from D.A.R.Y.L. (1985 movie about
runaway robot boy) with better effects, kooky Jude Law scenes, creepy
overtones of pathological codependent programming, and a little
thunderdome-style robot killing (to a Kid Rock soundtrack) thrown in just
for fun. The Pinocchio mythos was way out of hand. They probably could have chopped fifteen minutes
and no one would have noticed. The talking bear was great but an obvious marketing gimick
played just for laughs. The ending may need another rewrite... Oops, too late. Another hundred million down the drain.
Tags : psychedelic
Rating : Teen - Drugs
Posted on: 2001-07-05 00:00:00