A. I. Artificial Intelligence (mini-review++)

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Review process: two scores assigned: (I don’t believe in Rotten Tomatoes. I just believe in me)

(***all-purpose SPOILER ALERT*** there may be some in this review)

(1) Shark Wrighter (SW) Score: Based on a sum of 5 sub-scores (acting, directing, writing/story, cinematography &/or animation &/or effects, editing) with 1 being terrible and 10 being terrific.

(2) Octopuses (0-5 🐙, with 5 being fantastic and 0 being feces)

(3) Octopuses are my unquantifiable feeling…not that SW score is scientific…but this one is even less so

The mini-review:

A. I. Artificial Intelligence

acting 8

directing 6

writing 6

effects 8

editing 7

SW score: 35

3 out of 5 octopi

++ A lot was made about how this was a Kubrick film finished by Speilberg. I wish I could say those two styles created a unique combination that worked. But it didn’t. There are strong performances in this film, notably Haley Joel Osment. It looks great, as all Speilberg joints generally do. But the tonal mismatch and the ludicrous Oracle character in animated form so perfectly highlights how different these two auteurs are. Robin Williams’ character didn’t have horrific lines. And he did an ok job delivering them. He didn’t have much to work with. They certainly weren’t good, either. But to put them in a comical cartoon Einstein and to make them rhyme just compounded the ridiculousness.

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