Yeah, the Discourse Train’s rolled into the next stop, Waypointers! I wanna see your takes on the art of cinema, all degrees of spice welcome.
A.I. is an excellent film. It’s probably Steven Spielberg’s masterpiece, even if it’s more of a co-creation with the then deceased Stanley Kubrick.
More specifically though, the ending is perfect. The final moments of David with his mother are beautiful and incredibly poignant. That this movie attempts so gallantly to actually answer the philosophical question at its heart, if a machine is programmed to imitate love, is it still valid, and if so, what does that mean for the human idea of affection, instead of just raising the question before throwing its hands up, is my favorite thing about it.
I honestly think it communicates a lot about audience expectations of sci-fi that people were uncomfortable with it at the time, and that it was generally accepted the film should have ended with David wishing at the Blue Fairy statue, which would absolutely have been the movie throwing its hands up in the air.
It’s also super interesting that internet sleuths think they understand Stanley Kubrick and his intent better than his actual close friend, but that’s a whole other discussion.
And one other thing, let’s all do our best to avoid the basic “if you like this, you’re dumb/a bad person”. Please. Let’s try to keep this relatively friendly.