Ready Player One ★★

NPR's Glen Weldon described my feelings on this film exactly: fun but sad.

Fun to see so many pop culture icons mingling. Sad that obsessive engagement with nostalgia in pursuit of a Holy Grail of sorts is considered virtuous.

Fun to see how the film toggles between the OASIS and real life. Sad that the film's grand lesson "Reality is real" mistakes solipsism for profundity.

Fun that the dialogue was exponentially better than the novel's. Sad how bad the acting is from everyone except Tye Sheridan.

Fun that Spielberg ended up the director of this. Sad that Spielberg has become toothless as a director in his elder statesmanship years.