This is just so fun, though I should probably be more worried about how much I connect with the West Virginians that are the subject of the movie.
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.
I was going to write a huge essay on why I'm worried about movies like 'Prometheus' ...
... but the fact is, I won't stop rewatching it. I think I knew this the instant I saw it for the first time back in 2012: as a writer I'm always trying to improve my craft and that doesn't just mean reading/watching/listening to GOOD sci-fi, it also means the BAD sci-fi.
'Prometheus' is bad. But it's also fascinating, and a much better…