Number of Times Seen – 3 (27 Sep 2001, 22 Apr 2008 and 7 Jun 2015)
Brief Synopsis – In a futuristic update of Pinocchio, a young robotic boy longs to become a real boy.
My Take on it – I remember the hype when this movie came out because it was Stanley Kubrick’s final vision.
My friends and I flocked to the theater on opening night less than two weeks after the tragedy that was 9/11 and eagerly awaiting what would unfold in front of our eyes.
This is a great futuristic idea for the story of Pinocchio and the first half works so well that one can only assume the rest will be great too.
Unfortunately, it drops off a cliff during the second half and we are left with lots of long drawn out sequences that could have been shortened or excised completely in order to make this tighter.
It’s too bad that Kubrick and Spielberg didn’t notice how much the final half drags on and they clearly missed the mark.
The performances of Haley Joel Osment and Jude Law are great because they both dance the fine line between sonetimes feeling like their characters are human but other times, just robots which raises the question of how different are they from the rest of that world.
Bottom Line – Very interesting modernization of the story of Pinocchio that unfortunately drags along too much after the mid-way point. Kubrick and Spielberg had a great vision that slightly misses its mark. Osment and Law are very good here and both manage to act both real and robotic making us not sure which one they truly are. Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The movie was originally to be titled A.I., but after a survey it was revealed that too many people thought it was A1. The title was changed to A.I. Artificial Intelligence to prevent people from thinking it was about steak sauce. (From IMDB)
Rating – Globe Worthy
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