It’s no secret that Stanley Kubrick first developed A.I. Artificial Intelligence and was once slated to direct the film before he passed away. Or that Kubrick put Steven Spielberg on the project, and that Kubrick and Spielberg were good friends. So it really shouldn’t be a surprise that Kubrick’s imprint is all over the movie, so much so that it’s as if Spielberg was trying to do his best Kubrick impersonation from scene to scene.
It’s kind of cool to see the similarities. Candice Drouet compiled shots from A.I. Artificial Intelligence side-by-side with films by Kubrick and you’ll see obvious influences from A Clockwork Orange, The Shining, 2001: A Space Odyssey, and even Barry Lyndon.