A.I. - Artificial Intelligence

History will place an asterisk next to
i A.I.
i0 as the film Stanley Kubrick
i might
i0 have directed. But let the record also show that Kubrick--after developing this project for some 15 years--wanted Steven Spielberg to helm this astonishing sci-fi rendition of
i Pinocchio
i0 , claiming (with good reason) that it veered closer to Spielberg's kinder, gentler sensibilities. Spielberg inherited the project (based on the Brian Aldiss short story "Supertoys Last All Summer Long") after Kubrick's death in 1999, and the result is an astounding directorial hybrid. A flawed masterpiece of sorts, in which Spielberg's gift for wondrous enchantment often clashes (and sometimes melds) with Kubrick's harsher vision of humanity, the film spans near and distant futures with the fairy-tale adventures of an artificial boy named David (Haley Joel Osment), a marvel of cybernetic progress who wants only to be a real boy, loved by his mother in that happy place called home.
Echoes of Spielberg's
i Empire of the Sun
i0 are clearly heard as young David, shunned by his trial parents and tossed into an unfriendly world, is joined by fellow "mecha" Gigolo Joe (played with a dancer's agility by Jude Law) in his quest for a mother-and-child reunion. Parallels to
i Pinocchio
i0 intensify as David reaches "the end of the world" (a Manhattan flooded by melted polar ice caps), and a far-future epilogue propels
i A.I.
i0 into even deeper realms of wonder, even as it pulls Spielberg back to his comfort zone of sweetness and soothing sentiment. Some may lament the diffusion of Kubrick's original vision, but this is Spielberg's
i A.I.
i0 (complete with one of John Williams's finest scores), a film of astonishing technical wizardry that spans the spectrum of human emotions and offers just enough Kubrick to suggest that humanity's future is anything but guaranteed.
i --Jeff Shannon

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upc: 9780783265636
title: A.I. - Artificial Intelligence
theatricalDate: 19-06-2001
stars: Jack Angel
Keith Campbell
Vito Carenzo
Brendan Gleeson
Clark Gregg
purchase date: 19-06-2007
publisher: Dreamworks Video
published: 05-03-2002
price: $9.98
net Rating: 3.5
MPAA Rating: PG-13
minutes: 145
number of media: 2
last lookup time: 203997840
genre: Steven Spielberg
Robots & Androids
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fullTitle: A.I. - Artificial Intelligence (Widescreen Two-Disc Special Edition)
features: Closed-captioned
DTS Surround Sound
edition: Two-Disc Special
currentValue: $1.69
created: 203997840
country: us
aspect: DVD
asin: B00003CXXP