In many ways, A.I.: Artificial Intelligence feels like a companion piece to Spielberg's E.T.: the Extra Terrestrial (right down to the similar style of title). However, whereas E.T. was a heart-warming story, A.I. feels like too great a hybrid, mixing the clinical detachment and coldness of a Kubrick movie with the overt sentimentality we've come to expect from Spielberg's family fare. The look of the film is equally disjointed, with interesting Kubrick styled areas of stark colours and simple lines ruined by an over reliance on back-lighting (even when there's no reason on Earth for characters to be back-lit). At the end of the day, A.I. is an interesting, but ultimately unsuccessful experiment in combining the talents of two gifted, but very different directors.
There are shots and ideas in this film that will stay with you for a very long time, and Teddy (David's Super-Toy companion) is undoubtedly one of the most entertaining cinematic creations in a very long time, but at the end of the day this is a film that outlives its welcome and is more interesting than it is satisfying.
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