Ready Player One

Ready Player One ★★★½

Low on stakes but high on science fiction-driven action beats, Steven Spielberg's "Ready Player One" is a fun yet somewhat hollow crowd pleaser. Based on the book of the same name, the film follows its protagonist on VR-powered odyssey where danger, in the form of a corporation bent on winning a video game, lurks around every corner. It is Willy Wonka dressed in late 20th century cultural trappings, resisting a path to be something deeper. Though "Ready Player One" does not care to make statements about the world in which in races, the film still works thanks to its swift, entertaining, and eye-catching spirit.

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