Ready Player One reviews

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Re: Ready Player One reviews

Postby The Original BJ » Sun Apr 08, 2018 6:20 pm

Ready Player One seems like the kind of material that's tailor-made for Spielberg, at least in terms of what we think of as old-school Spielberg -- it's an adventure film set in the future, featuring as its central character a young man who has lost both of his parents (natch), that almost seems to be grappling in a fairly meta way with the legacy of popcorn entertainment that Spielberg himself ushered in. And yet, there was a moment during one of the film's (plentiful) fight scenes when I thought, this doesn't FEEL like a sequence that only Spielberg could have directed; it feels like something any action director from one of these extended universe sagas could have mounted just as adequately. And so I end up agreeing with Precious Doll -- this is a movie that has an engaging enough premise (solve the puzzle created by a mastermind before he perished), that's watchable for a while on the strength of its visuals (there's a good bit of wit and imagination in the creation of The Oasis), but just doesn't feel inspired enough to justify its really excessive running time, and simply doesn't go in narrative directions that provide the sense of wonder or emotional impact of Spielberg's best early works.

And I don't think I've seen a single other movie whose content relies as heavily on references to OTHER pop cultural touchstones. Some of these are cleverly incorporated -- I, too, got a kick out of The Shining sequence -- but the movie becomes pretty quickly overwhelmed by its mish-mash of references in a manner that makes it feel more like a stale regurgitation of '80's pop culture than anything fresh. And given that one of my least favorite forms of cinema is anything that makes me feel like I'm watching someone else play a video game...I grew tired pretty quickly of a film where that is the LITERAL concept.

I also found the film's general theme -- that people need to spend less time in the virtual world and more time in the real one -- a bit of an odd fit for its subject. This is a film that plops you into a virtual world for two and a half hours -- a world whose pleasures rely on excessive knowledge of countless other forms of entertainment -- and spends the bulk of its running time making the case for how much of a blast this all is. That (for me) it fails to make that case -- I left the theater eager to engage with real people, and exhausted by CGI fight scenes -- seems a pretty unintended way for the movie to advance its main idea.

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Re: Ready Player One reviews

Postby Precious Doll » Thu Mar 29, 2018 6:33 am

I had seen a trailer for this back when I saw Spielberg's The Post in January. My reaction was simply WTF and a groan because Spielberg was directing which meant I felt obliged to go and see it.

Well, it fairly watchable for the first 80 minutes or so but wears out it's welcome. I got sick of the amount of time spent in the virtual world and would have preferred more time with the actual characters in the real world of 2045. The 80's film and musical references were by and largely ho-hum, though the extended "The Shining" sequence was amusing.

I'm lousy at predicting box office but this is going to struggle to make a profit on a budget of $175 million. Aside from fans of the book & Spielberg (I'm neither) I can't imagine anyone else much wanting to sit through it and it is a long 140 minutes.

Visually impeccable, all that budget is up there on the screen but such a nothing in the end. Less than 20 people at an early evening screening the day before a Public Holiday is not a good sign and to add insult to injury The Death of Stalin was playing in the cinema next store to a packed house.
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Re: Ready Player One reviews

Postby ksrymy » Thu Mar 15, 2018 11:56 pm

Franz Ferdinand wrote:[W]hite males between 25-40 who will shriek with delight when they see the Delorean and Batmobile and E.T. and Michael Jackson and 80's ephemeral pop culture references - and fall into a sugar-rush stupor by the 45th minute. A four-quarter hit like Black Panther this will not be.

Goddamn, you nailed that. The book was trash as well, but the movie looks like it's ramping up the references to an even higher level; it looks like nothing more than, "Hey! Do you remember ThunderCats? We have those! Do you remember Ninja Turtles? Man, those were rad! Oh, but look over here! It's the Iron Giant! Whoa!"

I can't wait to hate-watch this garbage. If I had no class, I'd do what I saw on a friend's Facebook post: loudly whisper to your friend throughout the movie but do so making only incorrect references. When the DeLorean comes on screen, go, "Oh my God, it's Knight Rider!" When The Iron Giant comes on screen, say, "Ah. It's Chappie."
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Re: Ready Player One reviews

Postby Okri » Tue Mar 13, 2018 7:02 pm

Yeah, this movie is ripe for an "edit out the guys" cut

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Re: Ready Player One reviews

Postby Franz Ferdinand » Tue Mar 13, 2018 10:47 am

I'm still ready for the adaptation of this horrendously-written novel to get generally mediocre reviews and do middling box office, especially since these reviews scan as less than enthusiastic - but maybe that's just wishful thinking. How big is the market for a movie that just endlessly regurgitates aging fanboys' childhood nostalgia at them? I suppose we will find out.

Either way, I can't see this movie appealing beyond a very limited audience of Millennials or Xennials or whatever we are called: white males between 25-40 who will shriek with delight when they see the Delorean and Batmobile and E.T. and Michael Jackson and 80's ephemeral pop culture references - and fall into a sugar-rush stupor by the 45th minute. A four-quarter hit like Black Panther this will not be.

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Ready Player One reviews

Postby Mister Tee » Mon Mar 12, 2018 3:09 pm

Hard to trust the fanboy reactions out of SXSW, but these legit reviews suggest it'll be a hit. ... ew-1093639 ... 202723649/

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