“Ready Player One” Review ✦✦✦✦✧

20 March, 2018

Director: Steven Spielberg
Screenwriters: Zak Penn, Ernest Cline
Director of Photography: Janusz Kaminski
Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn

Synopsis: In a dystopian near-future where virtual reality grips the hearts and minds of a struggling world, a young hero steps forward to complete a seemingly impossible mission left behind by the creator of the world’s most intoxicating hyperreal miniverse.

Ready Player One Review:

An immersive case of Spielberg fever which’ll have you eagerly reaching for the 3D glasses in scenes of pure escapist bliss, “Ready Player One” is a film for anyone and everyone, an unforgettable night at the movies for audiences young and old and a treat for nerds gleefully dabbling in a game of spot the reference. Hemophilic with postmodern blood, the movie bleeds citations, becoming a densely intertextual work of art that’s both futuristic and lodged firmly in the past. Paint pot filmmaking with an ‘80s soundtrack, “Ready Player One” geeks out with style, rejoicing in each inquisitive moment of fun and transporting us back to the places we always wanted to explore.

Universe-building at its most affectionate and efficacious, “Ready Player One” pulls out all the stops, shunning the allure of another gormless franchise by impressing viewers in the here and now. Made with a trilogy of potential while charging forth into battle like “Return of the King” on speed, the movie establishes itself with exceptional frankness, convulsing with excitement as Spielberg’s inner fanboy runs rampant in a film with utter adoration for cinema. An uncommon sight in an era where big budget toy commercials rule the largest chunk of the mainstream market, “Ready Player One” refuses to sell out in expected ways, prizing excitement over the dollar sign at the end of the race while believing in the power of entertainment to pay off in the long run.

Made to be consumed with an open mind, “Ready Player One” offers a host of fun for those willing to suspend their disbelief, exchanging plausibility for an Avataresque journey into the unknown in a story adapted as the “Tron” or “Spy Kids” of a thumping new era. From classic monster movies to iconic horror, “Ready Player One” bursts chests and destroys cities, holding a boombox above its head in a handwritten love letter to history with an insatiably futuristic appetite. This is what we go to the cinema for and if this level of filmic mastery continues it’s why we’ll keep going back for more.


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