'Ready Player One' recaptures that old Spielberg magic

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I had very low expectations for "Ready Player One", mostly due to its trailer doing such a disservice to the plot. Since the OASIS was primarily conceived by James Halliday (Mark Rylance), an eccentric inventor with a vast nostalgia for the pop culture of the 1980s, Halliday's most ardent adherents, most of whom weren't even born then, are awash in the movie and video game artifacts of that era. There's also this comment from Cline he tells The Hollywood Reporter: "I'd always meant to write more in the series, but I never imagined the movie would get done before I finished writing them".

That same audience is also the target for the innumerable callouts, both large and small, to the annals of nerd-beloved films, TV shows, and video games. But everyone can feel like they are escaping by entering The Oasis, a virtual reality program that lets users do anything and be anyone they want. The first to solve a three-part puzzle and find Halliday's "Easter egg", something in a work that is intentionally hidden by its creators, would win control over the game world. Fortunately, I will have to watch it again and again to catch all the characters and actions jam-packed into "Ready Player One".

The only thing better than participating in OASIS would be controlling it - and that possibility may just be within the teenager's reach. I think it was a strong lesson for viewers.

Ready Player One is aching to be one of those You Tube memes with the title, 'Everything wrong with this movie in 10 minutes.' So it would be very hard to describe the plot of the film, which is an ode to the visual entertainment of the past (fledgling video games), the present (movies), and the future (online and virtual reality). And I'm feeling it.

The movie, "Ready Player One", was a flawless blend of sci-fi, action, horror, comedy and romance. Of course, there's a the distinct possibility that all of this back-and-forth is really an attempt at viral marketing and that the fast food company did okay everything with Spielberg and Warner.

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Changes from Ready Player One the book are different if not any particular improvement, such as a Nicholson-free The Shining world instead of a War Games simulation. Of all the characters, the one that resonated was Halliday, a sweetly sad misfit who created digital worlds on his computer because he couldn't fit into his own. And what better way to portray a conglomerate of icons we interact with every day in film than to hire the person who has created many of these characters.

There are also one or two points in the main storyline where certain characters arrive at a destination you didn't know they were heading toward, or develop deep relationships with one another, despite barely sharing the screen before that. But Tintin is a supercharged Indiana Jones adventure; Ready Player One doesn't merely up the scale but overcrowds itself.

Spielberg makes an absolute pig of himself here.

A story setting known as the Stacks, home to Watts at the start of the story and comprising what was essentially a chaotic mishmash of mobile homes and caravans, was one of the film's key settings that was built as a partial set on Leavesden's back lot.

Steven Spielberg's Ready Player One, based on Ernest Cline's bestseller of the same name, premieres in theaters nationwide today-but did the beloved filmmaker do the novel justice?

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