make me a real boy
Haley Joel Osment chillingly utters,
much akin to the story of Pinocchio, from which A.I.
Artificial Intelligence reverberates. A long-time project of Stanley
Kubrick and based on a short story by Brian Aldiss, passed onto
Steven Spielberg after Kubricks death, A.I. is a futuristic
fairy tale, masterfully presented by Spielberg.
critically shunned by some, A.I. is a delight to those who probe
deeper into the mists of the film. While some might find the Pinocchio
references a bit cliché, A.I. really is a unique film in
its own rights, and, while it takes on the basic principles
of C. Collodis Italian tale of a wooden boy, Steven Spielberg
breathes new life into it, forming it into a fairy tale of its
own as well.
Kubrick shines through Steven Spielbergs magnificent directing,
and every scene echoes with reflections of Kubrick. The ending,
in particular, which some people seem to despise, is truly Stanley
Kubricks, and will have you puzzled and thinking over it for
days on end. Steven Spielberg does a fabulous job directing this
fairy tale But I foresee that this will quickly become like
another of Spielbergs forgotten masterpieces, Empire of the
Sun. Some might hate it, and I can easily guarantee that a good
portion of you who are reading this will hate it as well. The average
Joe Movie-Watcher will not be so quick to praise A.I. (they better run out quickly and find another wedding gift for their mate ;)), but those
who realize that this film is ultimately a fairy tale for this modern
age, able to be bent and formed by its storyteller (Much the
same way Empire was told from young Jims imaginative perspective),
will realize A.I. for the masterpiece that it is.
this site, The Mysteries of A.I., is the key to understanding the
film and enjoying it for what it truly is. Through scene-by-scene
analysis, explanations of the various symbolism, and much more,
you will truly begin to grasp this film - No matter whether you
be Roger Ebert or Joe Popcorn.