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AI Apology

Tuesday 22 January 2013, 12:05

Mark Kermode Mark Kermode

When I interviewed Steven Spielberg last week I felt the need to apologise to him for getting it so wrong when I first reviewed AI - here's why I have revised my opinion of this film.

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    Comment number 24.

    For me there is no doubt, out of all of Spielberg's films the two guilty pleasure must be "Catch me if you Can" and "The Last Crusade" Both two frequently overlooked movies of Spielberg but two of his masterpieces. The first one being such a clever, frenetic film and yet managing to perfectly blend in comedy and drama. It has great themes, I really love catch me if you can.
    The Last Crusade for me is the best Indiana Jones movie, so perfectly understanding what that franchise was made for and getting in the best character of the "quadrilogy" who is of course Indy's Father, flawlessly played by Sean Connery.

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    Comment number 111.

    Amistad. Much underrated and, I think, would be an interesting companion piece to Lincoln.

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    Comment number 123.

    For me Empire of the Sun is the most memorable to Steven Spielberg's films.
    I can still retain and visualize images from this film.

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    Comment number 22.

    I know that Mark finds Minority Report cold but I feel that is the film's strength. For me the best films are the ones which have incredible complexity which require repeated viewing to grasp it's themes and Minority report does this hands down.Themes such Free will versus determinism, the idea of surrendering freedom for the government protection, intrusive capitalism that ends privacy (e.g the eye scans). I could go on. For every time I watch a Minority Report I always get something new from it and that is what makes it so great.

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    Comment number 26.

    Back in December you asked us what out Top Ten Dustin Hoffman movies were and at the very last second you noted "if you're going to suggest Hook, forget it".

    I'm delighted to see that this rule doesn't apply in this case. It must be complete childhood nostalgia but I really do love that film. At the very least I don't think it's THAT bad. Is it?

    And to repeat my opinion on the matter of Hoffman's performance, he does really disappear in that role.

    I've read that Spielberg said he's uncomfortable with the the design of the Neverland world and had he done it today he would've used a live action actor in a completely digital set. I have to ask. Would that really have been better?


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