Ready Player One

Ready Player One ★★½

For all of our obsessions regarding the future, you'd think that we'd be a little more forward-thinking than we already are. Whether within television or film, it seems as if the '80s have become the new '90s, and if that's the case, we might just be able to regress all the way back to year one and undo all of humankind's sins. For now, though, we're still on the nostalgia train and it's traveling at terminal velocity, so just maybe we'll be able to ride this out for entertainment's sake—but that's not really the case this time. Despite some glimmers of greatness, Spielberg's exercise in blasting up the past is the most regressive in its script, threading expositional dialogue over pop culture references that too often skate the wrong side of the line that separates enchanting from abrasive.

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