Creative consultants: Ted Elliot and Terry Rossio. Yeah, that's about right.
I just don't think the English-speaking world was prepared in 2007 for an immaculately-produced, action-schlock comedy in this vein. The "serious outside, ridiculous inside" aesthetic works wonders for Japanese comedy (the 'Metal Gear' and 'Yakuza' video game series being prime examples) and I can't help but wonder, if Beowulf had also been produced in Japanese or another language other than English, whether more people might have gotten the joke.
Edit: see 'Army of Darkness' for a more obviously comedic take (and even that wasn't a huge hit either).
Spielberg has crafted a marvelous five-star cyberpunk adventure that's trapped inside an elaborate, two-star, copyright-trampling fan mural.
'Ready Player One' has so much in engaging symbolism and imaginative sci-fi hooks--plus the director's straight up talent for entertaining cinema--but it misses out on creating the one-of-a-kind universe of a 'Minority Report' or 'Jurassic Park' by instead filling out its edges with the sort of "reference-porn" we were worried about 'The LEGO Movie' turning into.
I'll have to see this one multiple times to truly settle on a star rating, but for now ...
... 'Snow Crash' did it better.