Ready Player One
Anyway, this review is mostly discussing the movie so if you haven’t seen it you might not get my references and there’s a ton of spoilers. Just sayin’
First off, let me say that RPO is good fun, great spectacle and some of the best use of CGI in a modern movie. There’s plenty of action and cool CGI models, scenarios, backgrounds etc. The main characters aren’t particularly inventive and one of the lamest reveals in the movie (maybe it copies the book faithfully, I don’t know, it doesn’t really matter) is that every main character is basically the same as their avatar. Wow, a kid playing a diminutive ninja is 11 years old. That’s supposed to be a surprise? A huge shock is supposed to be that a slightly effeminate big black mechadroid is a big black not particularly feminine woman. The 2 main characters differ from their avatars mainly by their hair color and eye size.
That’s always been Spielberg’s problem. The entire movie is so by the numbers you’ll swear you’ve seen this movie before. It hits all the buttons, evil big corporation trying to take control of society, attack on main character kills his family/friends instead of intended target (ala Terminator 2), the protagonist is a gritty, hard-scrabble life but somehow affords all the expensive tech necessary to spend most of his time playing an admittedly complex, but nonetheless, a glorified video game. The female is a fighting dynamo whose family was killed by the evil corporation. I kept experiencing deja vu as the plot progressed.