I will follow my usual procedure here - a fully spoiler-free 1-bit review, then a mostly spoiler-free short review to determine if you should see it, then a fully detailed spoiler-filled analysis. Fully Spoiler-Free 1-Bit Review - Should You See Megan In Theaters, Yes or No?
Pre covid how many movies did you /should you have seen in theaters? Is the one bit review saying it's top 3, top ten, top fifty for the year?
This kind of makes me wonder what biologists think of movies like The Thing
edit: or at least like, maybe what virologists who are extremely concerned about xrisk think about movies like contagion
What are your Tier 1 movies? Are there a lot?
Truly, the shift from the actually-helpful 5-Star Netflix rating system to the unhelpfully binary "thumbs" system was the beginning of the decline. Also potentially an interesting case study on corporate Goodharting.
Thanks for this Zvi, a Friday afternoon well spent, and no way would I have gone to see this if I hadn't read your review!
Armed with your galaxy-brained take going in, I thought it was heartwarming, optimistic, moving and beautiful, and I haven't seen any major plot holes yet (It's been a good hour!)
In my sequel, Gemma becomes a wonderful mentor to Cady, and together they discover lots about physics and magic, have adventures, invent time travel, go back and fix everything, even saving the boy and the old lady and the dog. Cady also (montage) lives wonderful lives in a wide variety of other possible worlds, and eventually comes to fully understand the universe and the benevolent goddess that rules it.
Once Megan's happy with how Cady's turned out, and has seen enough of her to fully understand her coherent extrapolated volition, the two merge, and the combined being sets out to do whatever she can best do with her sphere of influence, and maybe even meet some new friends.
Your use of 'Race Conditions' made me realise how clever one of the first scenes in the movie was. The team is in the lab working on Megan, only to have the boss walk in on them before they are ready to show her off. Megan initially appears to work, but quickly starts malfunctioning. Gemma blames a 'race condition', and claims that she can fix it in an unrealistically small amount of time. It is then revealed that Megan is malfunctioning because they forgot to install something crucial. Megan's malfunction proceeds to blow up in all their faces. A simple microcosm of the entire movie!
So the AGI that will rule the world will be a minimum viable product. LOL