A.I: How the film relates to the concept of reinventions with links to novel "Life of Pi"

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ReinventionsA.I (artificial intelligence) is a science fiction feature film directed by Steven Spielberg. Released in 2001, this post-modern film follows the adventure of a young ‘boy’- a ‘mecha’, designed to love. It questions what is important to human existence.

In the 22nd century, Monica and Henry Swinton adopt David in hopes to ease the pain of their dying son. David is one of a kind as he is the first child designed to love, but if David can love, can he also feel hate? David starts to learn about life and experiences a full spectrum of emotions. His purpose, to love his mother, creates a strong want of genuine love in return which Monica finds difficult, loving a machine. David therefore longs to become a real boy, just like Pinocchio, he embarks on a journey to find the ‘blue fairy’ to grant his wish, to reinvent himself into a real boy who is capable to be loved.

A.I is structured around the journey of David. The beginning shows the growth and development of David as his emotions take over and threaten his family. As David continues his journey we are brought into a dark world where people are overrun by a conflict of their creative and destructive tendencies. We witness the consequences of the invention of mechas, the immortality and mass production of mecha servants put humans in fear of extinction.

Spielberg uses imagery of open mouths and doors, like in Life of Pi, representing discovery, growth of knowledge and experiences and journeys. As David and his mother play hind and seek in the house, many doors are opened symbolizing his mother’s acceptance of David as her son. The driving through an open mouth (entrance to ‘Rogue City’) indicating the start of the next step in David’s journey.