Saturday, June 30, 2001


This will be remembered as one of 2001's most stunning film achievements. Based upon the 1969 science fiction short story "Super-Toys Last All Summer Long" by Brian Aldiss, A.I. originated as a Stanley Kubrick film project, but was posthumously completed by Steven Spielberg. The result is a unique synthesis of both directors and a stunningly original science fiction film.

At times, Spielberg draws from a number of sources in order to bring about emotional reactions from the audience. Story references from Pinocchio, alien elements of Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and classical music similarities to Kubrick's earlier films all exist in A.I.

Besides standout performances by Haley Joel Osment, Jude Law, and Frances O'Connor, A.I. contains both the sentimentality of Spielberg and the bleak futurism of Kubrick. One offset against the other results in a great film experience, one that fans of both directors can enjoy equally. It's hard to believe that we actually got to the point where we saw a collaboration between two of most notable directors in film history. It's too bad that Kubrick died before being able to make this film himself. It would have been a vastly different film without Spielberg's involvement.

Don't hesitate to see this film. Not a film for young children.

Experience the A.I. web site here.

No comments: