Steven Spielberg: Ready Player One was my great escape movie

It is also an 80s pop culture nerd's wet dream. 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". The great director Steven Spielberg had a lot to do with that. Many of them are jam-packed with different nods and references, nearly demanding repeat viewings for those wanting to catch every little detail. And what he did with putting it on the big screen was a marvel of cinematic nostalgia. The trademarks of his regular cinematographer Janusz Kaminski are everywhere (dig that harsh light that's always streaming through the windows), and he adopts a visual language that recalls his collaborations with Spielberg from the early 2000s, namely Minority Report and A.I. Not wanting to get the high score in cinematic self-reflexivity, the director only ended up putting a handful of these artifacts into the film; Watts drives the time machine DeLorean from Back to the Future, while in the movie's trailer we also catch a familiar glimpse of the flare-obsessed T. rex from Jurassic Park.

Unfortunately, we have to experience this conceit-a malleable virtual universe limited and perhaps poisoned by mass-distributed pop culture-from the view of our hero, who in The Oasis appears as a creepy elven Marty McFly type and continues to lack even a shred of self-awareness.

It is at the race that we meet the virtual object of Wade's desire, the handsome Art3mis, who rides a motorbike and is about as talented as Parzival, who commands the famed Delorean.

Imagine yourself creating a character of your own. You can even, we're told, climb Mount Everest with Batman! Entire character motivations, plot points, challenges, and virtually every aspect has been changed or thrown out. Doesn't this sound fun?

The soundtrack is huge fun, and anything playing a fight scene to New Order has a thumbs up in my book. The only way the cast could understand where they were is that we all had virtual reality Oculus goggles.

When Halliday dies, he reveals that an "Easter egg" has been hidden inside the game.

Despite an array of genres and themes the Hollywood icon's tackled over the decades, Ready Player One is something altogether different. "I felt I was, not imitating that, but I felt like I was in that world again". But I can confirm that I was wrong. I was completely mesmerized by the CGI. It's pure geek fantasy, in which challenges are won not with brawn but with your knowledge of secret rooms in Atari games.

The movie also makes the same baffling decision the book does: for some reason, it finds it necessary to shoehorn in the message that real life is more important than any virtual reality, despite the fact that Ready Player One gives no reason to believe that and every reason to trust the opposite.

Little questions about the background of what the near future came to be struck my mind here and there. This looks unbelievable. This is easy, and fun, and as long as the coins keep spilling from vanquished baddies, I feel like I'm in charge. "It's over. I'm satisfied, '" he said. Each act was truly better than the next. The rest of the movie is very good, but that scene is downright phenomenal. The audience joins the characters in competitions that are hugely entertaining.

"Life will find a way".

Chances are, you know one of these quotes. Not too long ago, it seemed like a match made in heaven when Microsoft announced that Spielberg was helping develop a TV adaptation of Halo for Showtime.

He's been rather quieter when it comes to big, crowd pleasing blockbusters. Instead of shoving the constant references in your face, Spielberg allows for them to just happen and makes them fun instead of annoying.

"Ready Player One" takes place in Columbus, Ohio during the year 2045. Like the novel it's based on, Ready Player One is shamelessly referential to other pop culture artifacts, especially those enjoyed by white men who grew up in the 1980s.

  • Salvatore Jensen