Haiku Review: Ready Player One

Every theatrical release that we catch will have a “Haiku Review” and will be given a rating. Occasionally, additional thoughts will be provided.


HAIKU REVIEW

Stunning Visuals;
But with a Script that Lacks Depth;
Nostalgic Mad Dash.


RATING:

**Watch in Theater Immediately**
Pickup at Redbox Upon Release
Stream on Netflix/Watch on Cable
Don’t Waste Your Time


ADDITIONAL THOUGHTS:

Ready Player One is exactly the kind of big-budget popcorn flick you can count on to distract you from life’s worries, exactly as OASIS, the virtual world at the center of the story, does for the players in this 2045 version of Earth. Reality (“the real,” players call it) doesn’t always deliver or look the most attractive anymore, but in OASIS, you can do (and be) anything you desire. There are risks, but unlike reality, the stakes aren’t very high. Perhaps that’s where I began to feel a bit disconnected from the film on a deeper level. Or maybe it came from a shallow script (I didn’t read the book so I can’t speak for the source material, but it appears to be universally loved), but either way, I never felt disappointed because I don’t go into a film like this to be lost in deep thought. I wanted spectacle, and this delivered in spades. There is a race sequence in the first few minutes of the film that is an absolute friggin’ blast, and I can only imagine how much fun it would be to see in IMAX (or even 3D, a format I typically cannot stand). Steven Speilberg has delivered a loving tribute to pop culture, and if you have an eagle’s eye, there are more references to spot than explosions in all of Michael Bay’s films combined. In the end, this is just a flat-out great time at the movies, and while it isn’t something I can say that I loved, I can say that it demands a theater viewing and simply will not be remotely the same at home, even on the nicest of TVs.

 

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