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Many of the book's references to Spielberg's cultural artifacts have been stripped away, but he imbibes the movie with flashes of colour and heart that rekindle a sense of wonderment that will transport many viewers back to their childhoods.
Amid this special-effects maelstrom, Wade Watts never emerges as a character, and the taciturn Sheridan is in constant danger of being out-acted by his own avatar. Who can connect with a hero when he's just watching the story?
Just as Ready Player One moves back and forth between fantasy and reality, it's difficult not to admire the facility with which Spielberg oscillates between this sort of sprawling, popcorn-munching exercise and a character-driven historical drama.
For those looking for Ready Player One to condemn the digi-verse as a destructive force against human connection, find another movie. Spielberg's mindbending joyride won't quit even when the head-spinning spectacle hits sensory overload. Game on.
If you are too young to be insatiable for this era-specific nostalgia bait, a lot of the movie is hitting points you won't follow. If you're old enough to catch them, you have more important things to do.
Ready Player One has no obligation to be a rigorous intellectual exercise, even if it amounts to a wasted opportunity...it doesn't have to be so facile, either. Maybe next time the screenwriters shouldn't set the difficulty mode to easy.
Its plot is complexity itself, but its "kids save the world" soul is simple and earnest as opposed to earth shattering. With apologies to Bill and Ted, it's an excellent adventure, and let's leave it at that.
Ready Player One is entertaining enough, and it's certainly well-made, but what truly stands out is the filmmaker's prevailing-present sense of bemused disgust at the way his offspring are spending their time.
Might mark the beginning of a new era in filmmaking or the end of an old one, but either way it feels like a failed experiment in building a new story on the carcasses of old movies, TV shows and video games.
Spielberg deftly switches between the blinking, bleeping world of the OASIS and the grayer, grittier reality outside. Meanwhile, there's a touch of innocence that never lets us forget this dazzling spectacle is still basically a fairy tale.
When you're watching Ready Player One, you can almost feel the legendary director sitting next to you, laughing at the references, thrilled with the action, and eating his popcorn. You definitely need popcorn for this one.
A rollicking adventure through worlds both bleak and fantastic, Steven Spielberg's Ready Player One makes big changes to the specifics and structure of Ernest Cline's best-selling novel but keeps the spirit and level-up thrills intact.