READY PLAYER ONE (Theatrical Release USA 2018)

 Ben Meyers’ Rating: 4.2|5.0 Starsìììì 

Ready Player One
complicates itself with a continual presentation of characters from many movies and games that serve in the capacity of 'extras' in this movie’s presentation.  That single production decision diverts attention away from the storyline because as the story progresses one suddenly sees Beetlejuice or Iron Giant in a crowd. This creates an unwelcome distraction that causes loss of focus. The story progresses forward while the audience is forced to refocus and play 'catch up'.  While there is an overwhelming amount of ‘eye candy’ in the form of technological advancements, there is also a boring repetitiveness in presentation of the same technology such as the clear box-shaped screens that are constantly accessed by the characters. It’s almost as if the 'imagination well' for story telling has run dry and has chosen to rely on improbability to substitute for the well-written story. Depth of story is lacking and the human aspect that makes one care and become emotionally attached to the characters does not appear in this film. That aspect has disappeared and is replaced by a cold, almost calculated, indifference. As always, this Spielberg film retains Spielberg's unique mark, but not as strongly as in his earlier films. 

Film Poster Courtesy of Google Images 


A game offers a high stakes’ prize for successful accomplishment. 

Additional Thanks 

Thank you to Steven Spielberg for directing effort. Thank you to Producers Donald De Line, Kristie Macosko Krieger, Steven Spielberg, and Dan Farah for making the film possible. Cast includes: Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn, Lena Waithe, T.J. Miller, Simon Pegg, and Mark Rylance. 

Buy a ticket
? Yes? No? Maybe? 

Yes. Lots of technical eye candy keeps eyes busy, but artificially-introduced backgrounds tend to de-involve audiences to the point of distraction. 

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