Bicentennial Man is a 1999 science-fiction comedy-drama film directed by Chris Columbus, and starring Robin Williams. It also stars Sam Neill, Embeth Davidtz, Wendy Crawson, and Oliver Platt. It follows Based on the novel The Positronic Man by Isaac Asimov and Robert Silverberg (which is based off of Asimov's original novella of the same name), the plot explores issues of humanity, slavery, prejudice, maturity, intellectual freedom, conformity, lovemaking, love, and mortality. The film was produced by Touchstone Pictures, which made The Nightmare Before Christmas, and Columbia Pictures. The title was derived from the main protagonist existing to the age of 200 years, and Asimov's novella was made in 1976, the year the U.S. celebrated its 200th anniversary.
The movie received mixed reviews from critics, who mostly criticized the screenplay. It recieved a 36% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and a rating of 42 out of 100, which means "mixed or average reviews". I did like the film, though, giving it 7 out of 10, praising the acting (mainly Robin), humor, and soundtrack, while I did feel the script was okay, and the story does get a little boring at times.
Why I Love It:
- Great acting, especially from the great Robin Williams.
- The story is actually interesting.
- Amazing pace.
- Hilarious humor.
- Decent direction by Chris Columbus.
- A very touching and sad ending.
- Beautiful soundtrack by James Horner.