If there has been an inescapable topic of 2023, it has been Artificial Intelligence (AI). We’ve seen large language models grow by leaps and bounds in the last year, and Hollywood writers and performers striking – at least in part – over the idea of using AI in creating film and television. AI has always permeated the landscape of science fiction, and it feels only fitting that this year, we’d get a movie heavily invested in the topic.
Gareth Edwards’ The Creator is a movie with many ideas about AI and where it might go. It wants to ask questions about the nature of the self and the soul, our creations and how we treat them. Unfortunately, the film falls flat on almost all fronts regarding these questions.Link: https://thisisforreel.com/home/movie-review-the-creator-a-visually-beautiful-yet-narratively-deficient-sci-fi-film
This piece/episode was produced during the 2023 SAG-AFTRA strike. Without the labour of the actors currently on strike, the films being discussed here wouldn’t exist.