This is a random posting of mine on slashdot, defending the ending of the movie A.I. after seeing people talk about “that stupid alien shit at the end, the movie should have ended sooner”.

It was plainly fucking obvious that those “aliens” were not aliens, but evolved robots.

HELLOOO?!? Barren wasteland? No humans left? This is obviously the future.

HELLOOO?!? The movie was about a new trend in creating intelligent robots. Maybe these robots continued on after the humans died?! Maybe that’s slightly more plausible than fucking aliens! Idiots.

I never saw it in the theatre, but my mom was completely appalled at how everyone thought they were aliens at the end. We are both extremely unimpressed with the ambient stupidity. But I thought slashdot readers were smarter than that.

Finally, A.I. was an excellent fucking movie, and is totally underrated. It was not a sci-fi movie so much as a sci-fi fairy tale. It started out a bit more “normal” but became much more “fairy-tale like” by the end.

I think the only mistake was not making it more obvious, sooner and up front, that this was a (almost prototypical) fairy tale and not a hollywood “blockbuster” like Independence Day.

The extra ending made the movie much more sad, more poignant (though I
can’t spell the word), and more rememberable.

Sure they could have ended it with him sunk in the ocean.
But even sadder than that is to let the viewer know that yes, he sat in the ocean for no less than 1000 (some say it was 2000) yrs.
Even sadder than that is the fact that he is discovered and eventually “re-integrated” back into a “society”, but that his fellow beings have evolved so much that he doesn’t really belong (and never can).
Even sadder *than that* is that they can recreate his mother, but only
for one day.
Even sadder *than that* is knowing that after 1000 years, he finally
found his happiness, only to have it taken away within 24 hours.

That is fucking tragic, and it appears it was lost on everyone but me.

In other more recent news, Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind was a DAMN GOOD movie. Much better than A.I. could ever hope to be. Of course, I like Pink Flamingos. And my favorite movie is Brazil. So take my opinion with a grain of salt.

^^ Music Video: Ministry: What About Us?, from the A.I. soundtrack