AI: Artificial Intelligence


Steven Spielberg's version of Stanley Kubrick's long-planned mecha-Pinocchio tale is a bizarre mix of cold intellect and uncontrolled emotion, chilly visuals and hot-headed action. Divided into three distinct acts, the opening third is by far the best, as Robo-kid David (a superb Haley Joel Osment) is taken in and then rejected by the parents he's been programmed to love. The midsection, - all garish neon and mobile camera to contrast with the icy, static opening - sees David team up with lovebot Gigolo Joe (Jude Law) and leg it to a miraculously sunken Manhattan in search of the blue fairy who can turn David into a "real boy". As for the epilogue... Well, let's just wipe it from our memory circuits, shall we?

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