The Charm of 'Ready Player One' Overcomes Clutter in Spielberg's Latest Hit

The Charm of 'Ready Player One' Overcomes Clutter in Spielberg's Latest Hit

The film has been rated PG-13 and is being screened in 2D, 3D and IMAX formats.

His peerless work behind the camera has shaped the imaginations of literal generations of moviegoers (much less Mr. Cline), constructing one unforgettable sequence after another in films from "Raiders of the Lost Ark" to "Jurassic Park" to "Minority Report".

And when the movie is not having fun, there is some serious contemplation by Ernest Cline, who wrote the Ready Player One novel in 2011, and shares its screenplay credit with Zak Penn (The Incredible Hulk). A world where one can do anything, go anywhere and become anyone you want. In other words, narcissism reigns supreme.

And the keep-them-coming nature of those VR pop-culture references that kept a smile on my face. Once such feature is Ready Player One, the latest effort by legendary filmmaker Steven Spielberg.

At the heart of every game is the story that the designer James Halliday has planted the ultimate Easter Egg somewhere within.

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In circa 2045, five years after his death, conveyed through a video footage - Halliday announces that he has left his entire fortune to the player who can find the three keys to the "Easter Egg", which is hidden in recesses of the OASIS.

So the race is on. Motivated by greed, his goal is to populate the Oasis with as many pop-up advertisements as possible.

Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan) wants to be that person. Wade is an orphan, living unhappily with his aunt and escaping whenever possible into the Oasis, where he appears as an animated avatar named Parzival. I was lucky enough to tag along with a fun group of friends, and together we made an excellent team! One of them includes the smart Art3mis (Olivia Cooke), on whom he develops a huge crush. Miller as i-R0k, Win Morisaki as Daito, Simon Pegg as Ogden Morrow, Lena Waithe as Helen/Aech and Philip Zhao as Sho.

It doesn't take long to figure out that this movie's inspiration is another beloved classic, 1971's "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory".

It's not hard to interpret "Ready Player One" as an argument for net neutrality, a policy that favored an open internet that the Federal Communications Commission recently voted to repeal. A pivotal sequence in the middle of the film, in which the friends seek a realm in a world created to look like the cavernous sets of Stanley Kubrick's 1980 adaptation of Steven King's The Shining, is self-consciously referential cinema at its most sublime.

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Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan) is the hero of Ready Player One.

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McAleer is a guest reviewer for Catholic News Service.

Steven Spielberg directs, as he did his last picture, The Post, like a hack for hire, going through the motions but without any exuberance or excitement.

The special effects going back and forth to the real world and the OASIS was, for me, what seemed like it could have been hard. Before his death, the eccentric founder of Oasis, James Halliday (Mark Rylance), promised ownership of the company to whomever could win a almost impossible quest within Oasis. Motivated by greed, a wicked CEO (Ben Mendelsohn) harnesses the resources of his corporation to solve this puzzle.

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When a sense of direction and goal is lost, especially in a Spielberg movie, then it doesn't make you, as an audience, feel very positive about its outcome. Intense violence with gore, much stylized mayhem, brief sensuality and partial nudity, one use of profanity, occasional crude language.

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