A.I. Artificial Intelligence
Directed by: Steven Spielberg
USA

Stanley Kubrick had considered bringing Brian Aldiss’ futuristic Pinocchio tale to the big screen in the ’70s. However, he didn’t think the visual effects of the time would be able to make it justice. In the early 2000s, the project resurfaced as A.I. Artificial Intelligence. It was initially a collaboration between Kubrick and Steven Spielberg who, having directed such spectacular flicks as Close Encounters and Jurassic Park, knew a thing or two about special effects.

Kubrick died long before the film saw the light of day but the finished product feels partly like a tribute to him. Its visual style is heavily influenced by 2001: A Space Odyssey and there is a dark, existentialist side of A.I. Artificial Intelligence that could be defined “Kubrickian.”

Still, it is Spielberg’s authorial voice that rises supreme. He makes sure that the fairytale romanticism of the story of an abandoned android child is never lost, sometimes to an excess. In such overly saccharine moments, it is child actor Haley Joel Osment who sustains the credibility of the film, with one of the finest child performances in a film of its time.

Written by Matt Micucci

I'm an international journalist, reporter, website editor and content creator. I actively work for JAZZIZ Magazine and FRED Film Radio, collaborate with other websites and curate my own projects, including IN ARTE MATT and CineCola. I have also curated and produced my series of films in Galway, Ireland, and photo exhibition and arts events in various European countries. I have a working class background and have and have a postgrad degree in Film Theory + a BA in Film & TV.

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