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Christopher Lutz’s review published on Letterboxd:
This review may contain spoilers.
Ready Player One was a good movie. A well made adaptation of the novel that maintains the spirit of the book while also streamlining the narrative. It may have been a bit too streamlined in places, but that’s a common feeling you can get watching the movie version of a book. It certainly didn’t feel like a two hour plus movie, you hit the ground running and never stop. I think when I see it again some of the pacing issues (specifically all the characters meeting so fast and Art3mis and Parzival quickly falling in love) will go away.
I LOVED all the pop culture references. I don’t know how many I spotted but there’s clearly hundreds more in the movie. It was almost more important to look for background items than to listen to dialogue at times. Loved the subtle nods to Escape from New York, Big Trouble in Little China, War of the Worlds and Last Action Hero among others I caught this time. I also of course enjoyed the obvious things like the Delorean and Mecha-freaking-Godzilla vs The Iron Giant (superior to the book’s version IMO). That whole last act was by far the best part of the movie. It also was the most faithful to the novel which I appreciated.
Ready Player One, much like it’s source material, is a story that needs to be experienced more than once. There’s just so much to take in. It’s all about those great movies, TV shows, and games that so many of us love, and how they can connect us and inspire us to do great things in the real world. It’s nice to have a movie like this that celebrates all these kinds of stories while also reminding us of the importance of logging off every now and again and truly living. You don’t have to be a super fanboy or fangirl to be able to watch it though, it’s still a textbook Spielberg film that anyone can watch if they try it. Definitely recommend.
If you haven’t read the book I would highly recommend that as well.