The film is so full of memories of the past that it feels less like an action movie and more like a nostalgic delivery system.
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If you're at a certain age, the experience of Ready Player One will be similar to a fully immersed nostalgia from the 1980s and 1990s. The new movie by Steven Spielberg, an adaptation of Ernest Cline's novel, is set in 2045, but revolves around characters who have chosen all sorts of movies, TV shows, video games, music and more from the 80's and 90's , Spielberg, of course, is one of the authors of many nostalgic totems that appear in Ready Player One but his decision to create a film about nostalgia pays off little here.
Ready Player One is not just about the nostalgia of Spielberg. Although some of the films he staged or produced appear here in some form ̵
The Kernreise of Ready Player One is a hunt on which the main characters go to find three keys to a legendary Easter egg created by James Halliday (Mark Rylance), the man, which created the OASIS, the world of virtual reality, in which all this nostalgia is in references. That's what it feels like Ready Player One feels like a full-length easter egg that's supposed to show the audience the reference, proud to have recognized the quick nod to King Kong Last Action Hero Atari games of the old school and more. On the one hand, it's fun to see the surface, as in a movie directed by one of the best directors of all time, meet all kinds of random pop culture. On the other hand, the more the movie serves as a reminder of things that everyone loved (or still loves) when they were younger, the more felt Ready Player One as an encouragement, these nostalgic things to see instead. Sure, the DeLorean is great, so why not look Back to the Future ? And yes, The Shining is indeed a scary, crazy movie … that's way better than a movie that quotes it so directly.
Ready Player One is not trying to do much except create an eternal nostalgic machine. At the end of the film, when the heroes actually acquire the Easter egg and gain control of the virtual reality world, there is a lame argument that it is so unhealthy to spend so much time in nostalgia. Our leader, Wade Watts, says that he has decided to close the oasis two days a week so people can walk out of the house, but that feels like the movie has eaten and eaten his cake. Almost the entire 140-minute movie cheers nostalgia, but then he tries to claim that the same cheer is unhealthy. You can not have it both ways.
Can anyone except Spielberg have made a better version of Ready Player One ? It is very doubtful; as flawed as the last movie, Spielberg creates some memorable sequences (though the Shining bit is due as much to Kubrick as to any other). It's knee-deep in nostalgia and brings together a cavalcade of characters in a technological world where anything is possible. But while it's somehow fascinating to make Spielberg a film that is so straightforward about nostalgia (rather than his earlier films that created nostalgia on his own), Ready Player One does not make it a nostalgic totem , Instead of doing something new, this movie is too content just to remind people how great other things are.