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Very 1st scenes: Massive ocean waves. Wild.
water imagery throughout the film.
WATER = Mother's womb? Life? Death? Rebirth?
Then we see this form. Notice the long arms.
An idea is about to be borne
idea presented by PROFESSOR HOBBY.
There must be a "next level."
propose that we build a robot, who can love."
"Love is first
widening my eyes a little bit and quickening my breathing a little and warming
my skin and touching with my--"
"...I propose we build a robot child, who can love.
A robot child who will genuinely love the parent or parents it imprints on, with
a love that will never end ... But a mecha with a mind,
with neuronal feedback. You see what I'm suggesting is that live will be the key
by which they acquire a kind of subconscious never before achieved. And inner
world of metaphor, of intuition, of self motivated reasoning. Of dreams."
"If a robot could genuinely love a person, what
responsibility does that person hold toward that mecha in return?"
"The oldest one of all. But in the beginning, didn't
God create Adam to love him?
Scene ends with Sheila doing something human, yet out of place. It deceives
our senses and perceptions. Human, real, what is reality?
Mirror on left
hand, lipstick on right.
MONICA is also putting lipstick on.
between Sheila and Monica.
Dumpty, Tweedledum & Tweedledee
Red Riding Hood
Tale stories (Brothers Grimm, specifically) superimposed in a high-tech world.
Morpurgo's "Robin of Sherwood"
MONICA reads: "The
baby was born as the first leaves of autumn fell. A baby boy. And Marion's wish
came true. The boy had white hair. He was baptized Martin after his grandfather."
Lady Marion with Monica, as well as with Marion's son and Monica's son.
More Fairy Tale paintings.
DR FRAZIER: "But
medicine assures us that mourning is inappropriate, that Martin is merely pending."
Parallels the fairy tales on the wall. A human life is "pending." We've
transcended godhood of mythic proportions.
silhouetted shape to the advanced mechas.
like your floor."
outside he just looks so real... like he is a child."
"A mecha child."
short conversation on the nature of reality.
Physical reflections or personal
is not real, based on Henry and Monica's short discussion.
HENRY: "Now Monica, for our own protection, this
imprinting is irreversible. The robot child's love would be sealed -- in a sense
hardwired -- and we'd be part of him forever."
What was Monica's
main reason for signing the paper?
More reflections with mirror.
Foreshadows multiple/ duplicated/ cloned Davids.
Monica makes coffee. The very first thing David sees Monica makes.
David is like a pet dog/cat.
The nature of consciousness is questioned.
Monica avoids David. How does one deal with this?
"Yes. Hide and Seek. Found you."
David laughs at the noodle hanging from Monica's mouth.
Is this a programmed
Laughter was something that's been missing in Monica for a long time.
sudden burst of laughter: a form of catalyst that opens her up to David?
Monica dresses David for bed. Is she dressing David or Martin?
This "real world" is more
brutal than the one David was in. We question the nature of reality. Was
not the world of Henry and Monica REAL? The narrator does not speak at the
end of ACT 1.
An abused wife longing for love in a mecha prostitute.
This is the first
images of the "real world."
GIGOLO JOE embodies fantasy.
Just as David embodied Monica's fantasy
of a real son.
Images of the "real."
be real, must one share and understand such emotions?
There's another murder.
David and Teddy see abandoned mechas sifting through abandoned mecha parts.
need to survive. Isn't that "real" enough?
fear something that looks natural (the moon).
LORD JOHNSON-JOHNSON: "Any
This is somewhat ironic.
They're using machines
to hunt down machines.
The human hunters look like mechas.
The name "FLESH FAIR" is
ironic as well.
It is the flesh people who created these machines and gave
Torturing mechas is a fun-filled event.
Like a bigger version of
Martin torturing Teddy --to test his loyalty.
here: a bitty box, a tinker toy, a living doll. 'Course we all know why they made
them. To seize your hearts. To replace your children! This is the latest iteration
to the series of insults to human dignity. An underground scheme to phase out
all of God's little children. Meet the next generation of child designed to do
he who is without 'sim' cast the first stone." = religion,
is a physical "image" of Professor Hobby's deceased son.
Rouge City: A completely hedonistic
Is this REAL?
Fact with Fairy Tale."
Science and Religion.
Can they be compromised?
Can they work together?
Come away, O human child!
To the waters and the wild With a fairy, hand in hand, For the world's
more full of weeping then you can understand.
quest will be perilous Yet the reward is beyond price. In his book 'How Can A Robot Become Human',
Professor Allen Hobby writes of the power which will transform Mecha into
Wait! What if the blue fairy
isn't real at all, David? What if she's magic? The supernatural is the hidden
web that unites the universe. Only orga believe what cannot be seen or measured.
It is that oddness that separates our species. Or what if the Blue Fairy is an
electronic parasite that has arisen to hold the minds of artificial intelligence?
hate us, you know? The humans... They'll stop at nothing.
mommy doesn't hate me! Because I'm special, and... unique! Because there has never
been anyone like me before! Ever! Mommy loves Martin because he is real and when
I am real, Mommy's going to read to me, and tuck me in my bed, and sing to me,
and listen to what I say, and she will cuddle with me, and tell me every day a
hundred times a day that she loves me!
loves what you do for her, as my customers love what it is I do for them. But
she does not love you David, she cannot love you. You are neither flesh, nor blood.
You are not a dog, a cat, or a canary. You were designed and built specific, like
the rest of us. And you are alone now only because they tired of you, or replaced
you with a younger model, or were displeased with something you said, or broke.
They made us too smart, too quick, and too many. We are suffering for the mistakes
they made because when the end comes, all that will be left is us. That's why
they hate us, and that is why you must stay here, with me.
The mechas have their very own mythology as well.
David's quest has been fulfilled.
But the answers he find are a bit different.
II reads What Fish.
Does David symbolically destroys his childhood,
Or has he experienced
"Until you were born,
robots didn't dream, robots didn't desire, unless we told them what to want. David!
Do you have any idea what a success story you've become? You found a fairy tale
and inspired by love, fueled by desire, you set out on a journey to make her real
and, most remarkable of all, no one taught you how.
actually lost you for a while. But when you were found again we didn't make our
presence known because our test was a simple one: Where would your self-motivated
reasoning take you? To the logical conclusion? The Blue Fairy is part of the great
human flaw to wish for things that don't exist. Or to the greatest single human
gift -- the ability to chase down our dreams. And that is something no machine
has ever done until you."
thought I was one of a kind."
son was one of a kind. You are the first of a kind."
"My brain is falling
This echoes Henry's subtle comment on:
hint of David's very first memory.
David's realness a concept that cannot be understood?
Where he was born.
Where he dies.
David falling resembleS a tear in Gigolo Joe's reflection.
Life/ Birth/ Resurrection.
A fairy tale embellishment of the Advanced Mecha narrator?
NARRATOR is one of the ADVANCED MECHAS.
They have mythologies
"I am... I was!"
"I think, therefore I am."
Blue Fairy's face matches David's
David IS the Blue Fairy.
Fairy? Please... please, please make me into a real live boy. Please... Blue Fairy?
Please... please... make me real. Blue Fairy? Please, please make me real. Please
make me a real boy. Please, Blue Fairy, make me into a real boy. Please..."
David continued to pray to the Blue Fairy there before him, she who smile softly,
forever. Eventually the floodlights dimmed and died, but David could still see
her palely by day, and he still addressed her, in hope. He prayed until all the
sea anemones had shriveled and died, he prayed as the ocean froze and the ice
encased the cage amphibicopter, and the Blue Fairy too, locking them together
where he could still make her out -- a blue ghost in ice -- always there, always
smiling, always awaiting him. Eventually he never moved at all, but his eyes always
stayed open, staring ahead forever all through the darkness of each night, and
the next day... and the next day...
We are now in the future world.
We find out that the narrator is one of this ADVANCED MECHAS. That scene with
the fishes provide a deeper meaning: An advanced mecha telling us a fairy
tale story! At this point, reality and non-reality are ungraspable concepts.
For we do not exist.
A world in ice.
Compare to a world covered in water.
Parallel to Martin in cryogenics.
The whole scene is like a fairy tale.
Blue Alien Beings.
The look of these mechas are similar. Clones almost. But it echoes
Henry's "inner beauty" comment.
Parallel to Henry and Monica gossiping.
the Advanced Mechas share the same knowledge through touch.
Focus on the eyes.
Does David become a real boy here?
The surrealness is accentuated with
the appearance of the Blue Fairy.
But David is focused on one thing:
be back with his Mommy.
Advanced Mechas studying David.
As Professor Hobby and his colleagues
have studied David.
Here we learn that the NARRATOR is one of these ADVANCED MECHAS.
"Give him what he wants."
hanging-mirror decoration again.
David, I often felt a sort
of envy of human beings and that thing they call 'spirit'. Human beings had created
a million explanations of the meaning of life in art, in poetry, in mathematical
formulas. Certainly, human beings must be the key to the meaning of existence,
but human beings no longer existed.
we began a project that would make it possible to recreate the living body of
a person long dead from the DNA in a fragment of bone or mummified skin. we also
wondered, would it be possible to retrieve a memory trace in resonance with a
recreated body. And do you know what we found? We found... the very fabric of
space-time itself appeared to store information about every event which had ever
occured in the past.
But the experiment... was a failure. For those who
were resurrected only lived through a single day of renewed life. When the resurrectees
fell asleep on the night of their first new day, they died, again. As soon as
they become unconscious, their very existence faded away into darkness.
So you see, David, the equations have shown that once an individual space-time
pathway had been used, it could not be reused. If we bring your mother back now,
it will only be for one day, and then you'll never be able to see her again.
maybe she will be special, maybe she will stay.
thought this might be hard for you to understand. You were created to be so young.
Very symbolic act as this is the very first thing David learns from Monica:
MONICA: "Now make a wish."
came true already."
David doesn't blow out one remaining candle.
"I love you David. I
do love you. I have always loved you."
That was the everlasting moment
he had been waiting for. And the moment had passed, for Monica was sound asleep
-- more than merely asleep. Should he shake her she would never rouse. So David
went to sleep too. And for the first time in his life, he went to that place where
dreams are born.
Teddy in bed.
Teddy is David's conscience.
I initially started
on an essay but I decided that a film like this required a point-by-point discussion.
It was also a good way for me to see why I viewed the film the way I did. If you're
on dial-up, I apologize for the one-page treatment. This is a work-in-progress
for a bigger essay.
I just wanted to have
certain points emphasized as this film is so pregnant with meaning. Like 2001:
A Space Odyssey, this film really captured my heart and imagination.
But this movie, on the other hand, captured my heart a greater deal.
is Science-Fiction with a very big Heart. Different people can come up with varying
interpretations of this film, and I believe that that is the beauty and magic
of A.I. It's completely limitless to one's
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