Ready Player One

Ready Player One ★★

Better than War Horse, but Spielberg's been all dog and pony tricks since A.I. as far as I'm concerned.

Shines briefly during The Overlook sequence, but Kubrick has so many cool Easter eggs in his film that obsessed geeks are still unlocking them. Spielberg goes loud and louder instead, and we get an idea of what an obnoxious cluster fuck a contemporary CGI remake of that iconic horror film could be. Back to those bloody keys--nobody thought about driving backwards in five whole years? This seems to set in the same dystopia as Mike Judge's Idiocracy.

Oddly, there didn't seem to be that many inventive direct references that stood out apart from the music cuees, so I kept imagining my own. The dance sequence seemed more inspired by the cybersex in The Lawnmower Man than by Tony Manero's groovy moves. Spielberg shows some regrettable Avatar envy in those character designs. I'd also hope that VR design would become less clunky in the future, but it looks like folks are still struggling to avoid tripping over the furniture while playing.

And if you can become anything and there are no rules in the Oasis, why isn't everyone just able to climb into the Millenium Falcon whenever the hell they please? 4.6/10

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