READY PLAYER ONE
Director Steven Spielberg introduced “Ready Player One” at SXSW by stating “This is not a film that we’ve made, this is - a movie” and he’s 100% correct. Oozing with pop culture references galore I highly doubt another Director could have ever pulled this feat off as easily as Spielberg makes it out to be, ridiculous action sequences and so many Easter Eggs you will never be able to catch them all with one viewing. Watching the movie play out I was reminded of the opening D-Day sequence from “Saving Private Ryan” in the sense that there is just so much to look at, so much going on before your eyes and that beautifully lasts the entire 140-minute Runtime.
In the future, people are obsessed with and live inside an other-worldly Video Game realm called The OASIS where you can choose your character and interact with everyone and everything. Following the death of the Game’s creator (Oscar Winner Mark Rylance, echoing Gene Wilder’s Willy Wonka) he informs players that an Easter Egg exists somewhere inside the game that will grant the Winner full control of The OASIS along with inheriting a vast fortune. The F/X throughout are sheer brilliant movie magic and that’s never up for debate, however the ongoing plot involving real-life characters falls short of the rest of the film’s reach and maybe that was its intention all along. Its most impressive scene - a full-scale recreation of Kubrick’s “The Shining” - nothing short of wonderful. See it on the Big Screen and prepare to be dazzled. 7.5/10