The visually stunning film A.I., directed by Steven Spielberg, does everything a movie should do to captivate its audience. There is a plot with many twists, computer generated images ahead of its time and even a complex love story. The one part of the movie which seems out of place or even counterproductive takes places in the final half hour and will be discussed in great detail in the following paragraphs.
A.I. presents itself in a three act format. Act I tells the tale of David and his new surrogate family. Act II encompasses David’s abandonment by his new family and his journey with Joe. Act III continues the story with David in the distant future. My firm stance on this format is that not only was the third act unnecessary but it completely obliterated the thin connection to reality of the film and by doing so made the film less than watchable.
The goal of Spielberg’s movies, not unlike most directors, is to make the fantastic into the believable. A.I. is no different; everything in the film was mildly believable for its majority or about as believable as man made humans in the not so far off future can possibly be. When the motion picture faded out then faded back in to two thousand years later and robot-aliens from the future picked up the plot and ran away with it, viewers lost all possible connections to David, his heart warming tale and everything else up until that point. The third act was clearly unwarranted.
Not only did the tale of Future David lose the films slight connection to the audience via the plot, but it also stretched a long movie into a ridiculously long movie. Some may argue that the story could have been tied up after act I. Others, especially myself, make a strong argument it should have ended after act II; the main characters storyline was completely resolved on both ends by meeting his creator and the Blue Fairy. This third act reopens this finalized story... [continues]
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