I don't know how to write this review.
A.I. is a remarkable movies in many ways.
It's just not that it's my kind of movie…
So I feel that I have to try and step outside of myself and remark on the film as an achievement, rather than as a movie in and of it's own.
A.I. was a love child of the late Stanley Kubrick. I dunno how much he had to do with the concept that was eventually filmed, but it the film is offically " An Amblin / Stanley Kubrick" production.
And his influence is definitely evident at times throughout the film.
For all intents and purposes though, A.I. is a Steven Spielberg film.
In tribute to his late friend, Spielberg tried his best to make a film that Kubrick would have wanted.
I would have to say that he succeeded.
A.I. takes place in the not so distant future, where robots, commonly referred to as "Mecha", are rather common. The robots are incredibly sophisticated, and some of the most amazing shots in the movie are when they are on screen.
A couple "adopts" a small boy robot, David, the most realistic mecha ever produced. I don't give away anything in my reviews, so I'll not get into more plot details…
The couple is portrayed by Sam Robards and Frances O'Connor.
I know I've seen Robards in small roles somewhere or other, but O'Connor, whom I only know from her role as Brendan Fraser's obsession in BEDAZZLED, absolutely blew me away.
Her's was a difficult role, and she did an amazing job.
Playing the role of Gigolo Joe was Jude Law. I don't think I've seen him in any films before, but he has quite a bit, and is becoming quite the star. Still, I'll always respect him for being the real life husband of actress Sadie Frost, who turned me on immensely with her role as the damned Lucy in 1992's Bram Stoker's Dracula.
Anyway, Law did a great job with a role that could have been played too lightly.
He managed to make it both fun and poignant.
The star of this movie is Haley Joel Osment.
Damn, maybe this kid really is a robot!
For the third straight film in a row, this little boy proves he is as good if not better than most leading men in Hollywood. It's almost frightening.
Osment has a range that defies all probability. After snubs for The Sixth Sense and the unexplicably critically panned PAY IT FORWARD, maybe this will be the role that will let Hollywood look passed his age and give him a well deserved Oscar. He really does deserve it.
No, I don't think I enjoyed this film very much.
It dragged at times, was kind of long, and at times way out there, but I can tell it was done as a labor of love for Spielberg, who as usual, had occasional flashes of brilliance.
It might not be for everyone, but in terms of cinematic achievement and significance, maybe everyone should see it.