Bicentennial Man [1999]

75%

One of Robin William’s better movies, Bicentennial Man‘s exploration of artificial intelligence, slavery, and the essence of the human being, can overcome the niche limitations of technobabble for over an hour until the film collapses into a sentimental, tepid romantic-drama with grandiose speeches. Regardless, I’ll give it a grade befitting my impressions of the first hour and twelve minutes of the film.

Notes:

  • The film was based on two Isaac Asimov stories, The Positronic Man and The Bicentennial Man.
  • Andrew’s attraction to Portia is an example of transference, in that Andrew’s repressed and stymied feelings for Portia’s grandmother, Amanda Martin—of whom Portia bears an uncanny resemblance to—were redirected towards her.
  • It is interesting that over the 200-years that passes in this film, androids quickly turn from consumer status symbols of the upper middle class to virtually non-existence. Furthermore, as technology in general progresses, discrimination towards androids persist.
  • I was wondering if Andrew was going to have Galatea reprogrammed into an entity like himself and ultimately marry her.
  • Is Andrew a self-hating robot? I doubt it. I think he was an entity that had reached the limits of what a robot and he wanted more. Being constructed in the form of his creators, as Adam was made in God’s image, it is natural that Andrew would have wanted to experience life as a human being, however, the story shouldn’t have ended there. Andrew’s curiosity should’ve led him to desire life as a cat, as a dog, and then to explore the universe in search of extraterrestrial paradigms.
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