I decided to take a nap a wee bit after 5, as I'd gotten up early to go to church, in addition to getting home late from chick night. I woke up about 8 PM -- oof. I have got to learn to turn an alarm on if I'm going to nap; I think these longer naps are just messing with my sleep schedule entirely. On the other hand, if I'm tired, I probably need sleep, right?
Chick night was fun; Kat came over, and she and zen_raven and I went out to dinner at Big Bowl, one of my favorite -- and one of Rav's least favorite -- places to eat. Or rather, it was one of Raven's least favorite places to eat. As we were perusing the menu, she spotted Her Cute Waiter that used to work at stir crazy and who knew her name and would say hi. So now she's got to find food she likes there, and I get to go there more often. Hee.
Dinner was good, and the conversation was lovely; though it was a wee bit odd talking about the ex, R, in front of Kat, who has hung out with them since college. But not too odd, as we had a lot of ex boyfriend discussions. That's why chick night is so lovely -- female bonding at its best.
After finally nudging the waitress to give us our check so we could get to the movies, we get to the theater at 9:15 to see the 9:30 showing. Which is sold out, but they conveniently have a 9:45 showing, which is better, as we got much better seats.
We saw A.I., which I thought was really quite good.
Haley Joel Osmot was just amazing. Can you imagine having that much talent at 13? I mean, in a way, I guess it's not that amazing -- look at what 13 year old gymnasts, and ice skaters can do. Yet, I'm always amazed by what they can do at such a young age as well. He showed so much depth to the role, and I'm still in ae of the fact that he went through all of those scenes without blinking.
Jude Law was fabulous as a "lover bot". I mean, first off, the idea of Jude Law being at your service is just yummy, but he also played his role perfectly. I'm not a movie critic, or I'm sure I'd have much better words to describe his performance, which was just utterly wonderful.
Francis O'Connor was also amazing at portraying the mother, torn between her two sons, and having to let David go to keep Martin safe. Those two should also be up for oscar nominations, if anyone remembers this film at the end of the year.
The ending disturbed me some; as we thought that the creatures at the end were aliens, who had discovered the planet, after everything had frozen over, and walking out, I thought it would have been better had everything ended at coney island. I was torn, though, as the very end seemed to work as a good completion to the story as well.
Then Kat sent me this email this morning:
The more I thought about it last night, the more it seemed to me that the last half hour of A.I. was the place in which the whole point happened. Did those folks at the end actually say anything that tagged them as aliens, or anything that strongly hinted it? 'Cuz I was wondering, what if you had a bunch of sophisticated, self-motivated, emotionally-aware mechas, and then removed all human interference from them for a millennium or so? ("When the end comes, all that will be left is us.") A bunch of fiber-optic beings, obsessed with humans as their source for the meaning of life, not needing to wear clothes in any climate...?
This is what I sent back to her:
This idea actually makes the ending seem a lot more sensible, than odd and strangely disconnected. I talked with another friend of mine who had seen the movie, and they too had originally thought the beings were aliens.
I'd thought, before I saw the beings themselves, that they were mecchas -- all the square computer looking architecture, etc. But then I saw the beings and they just looked weird.
After discussing this more with the friend who had saw the movie, they were told that the beings were supposed to be evolved mecchas; their insides were supposed to resemble circuitry, and hence why when they touched one another they could share the information.
Raven brought up the point that, if they were self-evolved mecchas, wouldn't they have the images and memories from the mecchas that already existed during human time? Those that created them?
The possibility exists that the mecchas that created them did so after the humans were wiped out, and they had no way of transporting memories (backwards compatibility if you will).
All in all, it was a good movie, and I was amazed that the time passed so quickly; it was 12:15 when the movie let out and I was not expecting that at all.