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Thursday, August 16, 2001

A.I...
Last week I finally got round to watching A.I. (Artificial Intelligence). Again I'd got it on VideoCD so I cracked open a bottle of wine and settled back to be entertained. Overall I was entertained. It's an interesting and emotional film but to be honest it helps if you go in with low expectations. I'd loved the short story 'Supertoys Last All Summer Long' and perhaps was expecting too much of this film.

Plot: A highly advanced robotic boy longs to become "real" so that he can regain the love of his human mother. I sum it up as 'Pinocchio.com'.

Best character: Teddy. Whenever he came on screen we shouted 'Teddyyyyyy!' Jude Law's Gigolo Joe was a close second.

Worse character: The father (Sam Robards). Nothing to do, nothing to say.

Best bit: When real son (Jake Thomas) and robo-son (Haley Joel Osment) compete for Teddy's attentions. Teddy, ever the diplomat, just runs to 'Mummy!'

Worst bit: The ending. It really was quite an odd ending. It looked as if it had been written by a different scriptwriter entirely. It was more Cameron
than Spielberg/Kubrick: looking vaguely like The Abyss(mal).

Best cameo(s): Shared honours go to Robin Williams as Dr Know and Meryl Streep as Blue Mecha.

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