posted 07-02-2001 10:43 PM
I saw A.I. last night, and I have to say that the review on filmfodder.com was way off.
I am not a Spielberg-worshipper, and I understand that Kubrick was a mere mortal -- but this film is absolute greatness. Even its flaws are great. This film is in the same ball park as Blade Runner and 2001: A Space Odyssey. Yes, I said it.
The first section of the film WAS slow, and the film did NOT take the time to let us explore this future earth. But the film was about consciousness and the very purpose of life in the universe, not what the future will be like.
And about the third and final section of the film -- I don't understand what the reviewer meant by "sentimentality". I was terrified that Spielberg WOULD pouring out the treacle, and John William's score would demand tears out of everyone. Instead, we get a rather cold comment about human existence.
[WARNING: A SUBTLE SPOILER AHEAD ]
We don't get a fairy-tale ending. Spielberg HAS grown up. You see, David is US. He represents the human condition. He is trapped in the same existential quandary as we are. That's the point of the movie.