"That's one of the reasons that I'm drawn to write more stories in this world". Ready Player One opens this Friday at Century Cinemax and Cinema Magic. I cannot wait to own this film so that I can scour through it frame by frame to see who else I can spot.
To be fair to Spielberg you can understand why, as "Ready Player One" cost around $175 million to make and he is clearly aiming it for as mainstream an audience as possible. For me, it was a film that fulfilled all of my fantasies of the places I go in my imagination when I get out of town.
As the influence of nerd culture continues to spread throughout the entertainment industry, I've started to become bitter toward it. She plays her part perfectly, as do the other actors playing her and Parzival's fellow "Gunters" (Egg Hunters), including Lena Waithe, Win Morisaki and Philip Zhao. And finally, there's Halliday himself. And I'm feeling it.
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A visual delight as Steven Spielberg pays homage to films: Iron Giant, King Kong, Back to the Future and Mad Max. I got to actually escape into the imagination of Ernest Cline and Zak Penn (writers); it was fantastic. (No entertainment made for girls survives into Cline's vision of the future.) By jettisoning pretty much everything but the bare skeleton of the plot and characters while expanding the scope beyond the 1980s, Steven Spielberg's film adaptation climbs its way up to exhausting, headache-inducing mediocrity. "It's a great feeling, but it also makes my wife and kids kind of insane because they don't know who dad's going to be when he comes home in the evening, or which dad they're going to get", Spielberg said in a statement. The book and film are two completely different beasts, but I am happy to report that I walked away thoroughly enjoying both.
Simply put, Ready Player One was an absolute blast for a geek like me. It may not be Spielberg's best (which is quite the feat in and of itself), but it is easily the director's most entertaining film in years.