Steven Spielberg

Ready Player One (2018)


Ready Player One (2018)

Director:

Steven Spielberg

Starring:

Ty Sheridan

Olivia Cooke

Ben Mendelsohn

Lena Waithe

Mark Rylance

Plot:

When the creator of a virtual reality world called the OASIS dies, he releases a video in which he challenges all OASIS users to find his Easter Egg, which will give the finder his fortune.

Review:

I read Ready Player One by Ernest Cline back in 2011 when it came out and I freaking loved it. I gave it to my dad as a Christmas gift that year and everything. Sure it was packed full of 80s references but it was fun! I will judge all VR by the VR in the game and it will probably never live up to that in my lifetime. I never went back and read it again, even though I own it on hardback, and after watching the movie I’ve realized it did not age well.

Wade Watts, Ty Sheridan, lives in the stacks in Columbus, OH. His parents are dead and his aunt is “raising” him, her abusive boyfriend is clearly the priority though. Wade spends all of his time in the OASIS, which is the VR world. That’s where everyone lives. Wade doesn’t seem to have a job or go to school instead he is a gunter, he hunts for Easter eggs to unlock the dead creator of the OASIS billions.

Wade is a pretty one note character, there is almost no depth here. He lives and breathes Halliday, Mark Rylance, and everything that Halliday loved so that he can win the contest. Somehow, even after thirty years or so, Wade figures it all out and against all odds wins.

Naturally, there’s a girl, Olivia Cooke. There’s a romance here, but you never really figure out why Samantha likes him. She seems to have more depth than him, she wants more, and is leading a resistance or something, and yet she falls for the nerd that can’t tell you anything about the real world. It’s very wish fulfillment and disappointing.

Visually, the movie is shot beautifully, of course, Steven Spielberg. Unfortunately, that doesn’t really save the movie for me. It was nice to hear the random 80s theme song notes every now and then too. It’s just…the world has changed since this book came out. I’ve changed. Seeing a white boy with no thought to anything outside of old pop culture just leaves a bad taste in my mouth.

There were lots of changes from the book, there would have to be in something like this, however, I felt like most of the changes were not for the better. All in all, it was a pretty disappointing movie and I’m kind of scared to ever go back and read the book.

2/5

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Bridge of Spies (2015)

Bridge of Spies (2015)

Director:

Steven Spielberg

Starring:

Tom Hanks

Mark Rylance

Alan Alda

Plot:

During the Cold War, an American lawyer is recruited to defend an arrested Soviet spy in court, and then help the CIA facilitate an exchange of the spy for the Soviet captured American U2 spy plane pilot, Francis Gary Powers.

Review:

Love me some Tom Hanks, he’s so phenomenal, probably my favorite actor of all time.

Didn’t expect to get so angry while watching this, I ended up getting so frustrated and eventually depressed that nothing ever seems to change.

Still, I liked the movie a lot. It was about a time period I’m interested in and talked about something I wasn’t familiar with. There were a few parts where I feel that Spielberg went over the top, the end with the boys climbing over the fence was too much and didn’t need to be there.

Looking at the Oscars this movie has been nominated for I’m kind of surprised. There was so much silence in the movie I’m not sure why it’s being considered for Best Original Score or Sound Mixing. Honestly the only Oscar nomination I agree with is the Best Supporting Actor, but I’d have to see who he’s up against. Of course, I don’t watch the Oscars, they never seem to nominate anything I like or go to the “right” winner, it seems like a lot of politics involved.

Anyway, really liked it, loved Hanks, world please learn from our history.

4.5/5

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

Director:

Steven Spielberg

Starring:

Harrison Ford

Cate Blanchett

Shia LaBeouf

Plot:

Famed archaeologist/adventurer Dr. Henry “Indiana” Jones is called back into action when he becomes entangled in a Soviet plot to uncover the secret behind mysterious artifacts known as the Crystal Skulls.

Review:

I do not hate this movie like most everyone else does. There are lots of over the top moments, but Indiana Jones has those. Personally there was about one too many, but oh well. I liked that it was about Communists since that works better with the time line, I liked that Indiana Jones had a son, though, I could have done without Marion.

My husband likes to randomly put this movie in, mainly because he doesn’t hate it like everyone else either and he likes to point out all the reasons why it’s not bad.

This didn’t ruin my childhood, it didn’t make me angry, it was just there, and it was nice to be back in the world.

3.5/5