Ready Player One (2018)

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I did not know what...
Saturday, January 9, 2021

I did not know what I would really think about it when I started to watch this movie. I hoped that I would like it but I was not sure what I would actually get. I used to like Steven Spielberg a lot but later in his career he’s done movies that either was not my kind of movies or that I was simply not that impressed by. However, as it turned out, this one I liked a lot as you can see from my rating. As a computer nerd and science fiction geek this movie was of course right up my alley. I have thought other movies would be my kind of movies before but been sorely disappointed by ignorant and incompetent screen writers and directors trying to cash in on subjects that they knew absolutely nothing about. Spielberg did a good job of not screwing this one up. The core of this movie is of course plenty...

"Wild trip down memory lane...
Saturday, January 9, 2021

"Wild trip down memory lane... in a DeLorean" In 2045 people escape their harsh reality by going to a virtual world called the OASIS. After the creator dies, he challenges all users to go on a hunt for an Easter egg which gives them control over the OASIS. 'Ready Player One' isn’t a movie you’d expect from a 71 year old filmmaker but Spielberg once again shows his range. It's an incredibly fun ride that’ll have you cracking up more than once (“It’s f***ing Chucky!”). While Spielberg switches seamlessly between real life and the virtual reality it’s rather difficult to get emotionally invested in the movie. Nonetheless most characters are fun and the love story between Parzival/Wade and Art3mis/Samantha gives it some depth. Ben Mendelsohn is delightful as the villain and Mark Rylance is excellent once again. The biggest treat of course is the nostalgia. You’ll have a blast simply...

Can you imagine watching this...
Saturday, January 9, 2021

Can you imagine watching this if you didn't give a fuck about the '80s? Like there's nothing that happens in _Ready Player One_ that isn't a reference to **something** at least, but almost all of them are '80s references. I mean I worship at the altar of 1980s' references on a daily basis, and even for me this was only so-so, I fear to imagine what _Ready Player One_ might be like for someone who actually demands originality. Honestly, it was better than I was expecting, I'll front to that. The promotional campaign for this had the barometer for my excitement on this at a firm zero, and by the time I had finished watching it I was surprised to find I had actually enjoyed multiple things about it, but _Ready Player One_ is an exercise in lack of subtlety, and really tries your limits on suspension of disbelief. Not because of the fantastical endless...

There's a moment in...
Saturday, January 9, 2021

There's a moment in this movie when the central character says "I love her". His friend hastily replies, "Slow down bro... she could be a 300 lb man living in his mom's basement." In the very brief beat between the two lines, I thought FINALLY a movie about falling in love completely independent of what a person's genetics may be. And then the crushing cynicism in a dystopian world where there is little to live for and even less to hope for: even in a nightmare, a fat man is undateable. Don't worry though. If you have the skills you may end up on top. Just like Ben Mendelsohn's slave-owning antagonist almost did. Because in this story, it's not a world where anyone feels compassion or empathy. It's a world where everyone only thinks of themselves. A sociopath's dream. And that's what earns the top prize. I love looking at...

### failing the splits On one...
Friday, September 3, 2021

### failing the splits On one hand, this is a 1980s pop culture SciFi mash-up. On the other, it is a 100% true-and-tested formulaic David-vs-Goliath, by the (Campbell) books youth adventure. There are movies which can be enjoyed by young, older, and old; some even achieve that effortlessly. This movie tries to cater to two target audiences, and fails. It's too constructed, too obvious to be enjoyable. All the CGI fireworks, multi-medial cues and in-jokes can't help its main flaw: it is boring. It's the same tired young-hero-story that has been remade thousands of time, and often better. Maybe younger kids enjoy it. But these days, even teenagers are media-savvy and will see the pattern. Pity. I was ready to like it.

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