Bicentennial Man (1999)

PG   |    |  Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi


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An android endeavors to become human as he gradually acquires emotions.


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Director:

Chris Columbus

Writers:

Isaac Asimov (short story "The Bicentennial Man"), Isaac Asimov (novel), Robert Silverberg (novel), Nicholas Kazan (screenplay)

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9 December 1999 | Erewhon
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| Much better than you're probably expecting
I know it was much better than =I= was expecting. Yes, it's too long, yes, too much time is spent on the romance plot toward the end (and it's not very convincing), and yes, there are too many obvious, familiar robot jokes in the first two reels.

But guess what? Many of those jokes, thanks to razor-sharp timing, actually work. And the robot Adam Martin becomes so very appealing that you'll miss him when he eventually turns himself into Robin Williams.

The movie is very honest and open about its emotions (though the Horner score goes too far in trying to appeal to OUR emotions), and Williams is -- surprise surprise -- excellent as the robot. We believe in the character, we believe (mostly) in his world, and we believe in his journey toward humanity.

It's too bad that so many people already regard Andrew as a kind of variation on Star Trek's Data, because he's really a robot of another color altogether.

There are some missteps toward the end (where are all the other robots?), Galatea is an unnecessary character, and at times the characters seem to be existing in different movies. But it's surprisingly warm and amusing, it's authentically touching even when you think it can't possibly reach you, and St. Robin or no St. Robin, he's fine in the role.

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