Originally Posted by Shaded Dogfood
I think A.I.
is one of the greatest science fiction films, warts and all (the flesh fair/carnival handled poorly?? There's no disputing taste, I suppose). I would argue all of the great sci-fi films have problems of some sort or other- and arguably the most perfect, 2001
, is among the dullest, though monotony is part of its point.
OK.saw this and could not let it go.
first to get it out of the way - some here think AI is Kubricks' work. The Sacarin levels are ten orders of magintude too high. Watch the first 1/3 that is Kubricks. the rest starting with the "carnival" is pure Speilburg unleashed (good for some bad for others (me included).
the level of forced sentimentality literally made me hurl on AI. you can tell the exact frame where Kubrick died and Mr Sentimentality took over (seen where the mommy left Pinochio in the woods).
Classic? watch the original and not the knockoff. Disney's version is the original.
- the main point. "monotony is the point" in 2001? huh? you honestly think the director thought. "gee lets make thei movie of mine as monotonous as possible - that will make it worth while"....LOL!!
2001 may be monotonous to some, but that was never the intent.
2001 is all about "man and his place in the universe".
that simple quote above covers many themes:
1. nature of "life" - was Hal alive? he seems more so than the men who tried to shut him off (or was that kill him?).
2. Monolith and what it represents: alien intelligence? or God? - or is there a difference when we are talking about such a gulf (one as we would find between man and the ant).
2001 is a movie about thoughts/ideas - nature of life (can a machine be alive or only look to be (the definition of AI)), man's place in the universe (did an alien (or God) presence tranform man from an animal (ape) into modern man via the monolith, and letter do the same thing at the end of the film (into superman). i.e. Evolution (via alien or God - does it matter really?).