Steven Spielberg's "Ready Player One" - March 30, 2018

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  1. AKA

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  2. Vidiot

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    Well, part of the theme song sounds like a ripoff of "Pure Imagination" from Willy Wonka, and then they played a Rush song that I hate. And it looks like an empty-headed video game movie without any real plot or characters. And I saw a lot of heavy CGI that looked real phony. I dunno. :shake:

    Here's the Variety rundown of the plot:

    The new video features characters from “Lord of the Rings,” “Back to the Future,” “Iron Giant,” and “Nightmare on Elm Street” while introducing fans to protagonist Parzival, played by Tye Sheridan.

    Parzival is up against the world in order to win a pop culture treasure hunt. As an orphan living in a destitute trailer with his aunt and 15 other strangers, he escapes into The Oasis, a virtual reality created by famed developer James Halliday, played by Oscar-winner Mark Rylance. When Halliday dies, he reveals a game to the world that will leave the winner in total control of The Oasis.

    Parzival then becomes obsessed with the competition — and finding the Easter eggs hidden around The Oasis that are the key to victory — and eventually becomes at odds with the Innovative Online Industries organization and the villainous Nolan Sorrento (Ben Mendelsohn), who want to win the contest and skyrocket The Oasis’ price of admittance. Olivia Cooke, Simon Pegg, and T.J. Miller also star.

    I gotta say, that's a helluva cast, but Spielberg has not been doing well for the last few years in terms of critical and box office success (aside maybe from Lincoln).

    ‘Ready Player One’ Trailer Features ‘Lord of the Rings,’ ‘Back to the Future’ Characters
     
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  3. alexpop

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    Last good film (only ) great film I find watchable is SaVing PriVate Ryan.( ok Duel was good back in the day for a TV movie). Saying that I liked AI.
     
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  4. TVC15

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    Saw the preview this weekend. Looks cool to me, and loved the use of Tom Sawyer.
     
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  5. dprokopy

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    Well it is supposed to take place (largely) in an artificial environment, so I actually kind of forgive the CGI looking less-than-realistic. I think you're supposed to be fully aware you're in a not-real world.

    Oh and at least in the book, the music of Rush actually plays a rather pivotal part of the plot.

    I just finished the book not too long ago, and from the looks of the trailer, they've taken quite a few liberties from the original story. For example (not spoiling anything really), those bike/car race scenes aren't in the book at all. And it looks like they've removed a lot of the old-school video game references and replaced them with newer, more familiar pop culture characters that presumably are more familiar to a younger audience (rather than the 40+ age group the book is more clearly aimed at). If I remember correctly, the book doesn't even feature any LotR, BttF, or NoES characters. And the Iron Giant is only mentioned very briefly in passing.

    I would also recommend for anyone who's currently reading the book (or is planning on it), do not check out the cast listing on IMDb ahead of time - it contains a rather significant spoiler, just in the casting. I will say, having Ben Mendelsohn as Sorrento basically ensures he'll be typecast in these kinds of roles for quite some time. At least in the book, Sorrento comes across so much like Krennic from Rogue One that they probably just could have used outtake footage from that movie for this one.
     
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  6. Metralla

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    Great book. His other one was also good. Was it called armada?
     
  7. charlie W

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    I saw a trailer for the movie just before Blade Runner 2049 and there was not enough there to gain my interest yet(and I love 80's video games). I need to see and know more.
     
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  8. dprokopy

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    I recommend the book, which is really good and aimed squarely at those of us who grew up in the late 70's/early 80's, and remember the days of early computer and video games. Like I said, it looks like the movie is skewing more toward newer/more familiar pop culture references, which is a shame.
     
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  9. profholt82

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    I really liked Minority Report. But that was the early aughts, so yeah, it has been a while.
     
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    Spielberg is directing this? I saw the trailer the other day in the theater. My reaction: "Kid's movie." Certainly not my cup of tea.
     
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  11. dprokopy

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    Which is funny, because the book itself references several Spielberg moments.
     
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  12. rich100

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    I'm really looking forward to this. I read this book after a recommendation in a book shop (when does that happen anymore?), the sales guy who suggested it was fascinated by all the 80's pop culture so heavily used in the book.

    I'm pretty sure BTTF was used (someones grand entrance in a deLorian maybe? Been a while since I read it), along with so many other films and games.

    The CGI has got to be deliberate, as already mentioned the action takes place in a virtual reality and is rendered as such, it would actually spoil it to show these scenes in 'real' life.

    The most surprising thing out of this, is that some scenes were actually filmed in Birmingham UK, my hometown. Spaghetti Junction and the Jewelry Quarter, a lot was made of this at the time for such a big director to be here. Watch incredible Ready Player One car chase footage

    Armada I didn't think so much of, seemed like a rehash of The Last Starfighter. Didn't help that I listened to the audiobook of this one with Wil Wheaton narrating, that didn't do it any favours.
     
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  13. rmath84

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    Saw the preview for this before Blade Runner 2049. It was the first of about 5 trailers where I got to watch someone else play a video game. Or at least it felt like that.
     
  14. Vidiot

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    Holy moley. I was not expecting to want to like this thing, but the brand new trailer that hit today is a visual knock-out:

     
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  15. Deesky

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    Maybe so, but it still felt very superficial. Caprica meets The Matrix meets Tron...meh.
     
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  16. Beaneydave

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    Looks good to me



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  17. dprokopy

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    I'll see it because I read and enjoyed the book, but my worry again is that there's little in either of these trailers I actually recognize from the book itself.
     
  18. chrischerm

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    Yep. It was Armada.

    This was a great book, and the 80's theme is almost its own character. The music of Rush plays heavily into the movie. I think anyone that grew up in the 80's will find something to enjoy. The music, the video games, the movies, the ambiance. I didn't mind Wil Wheaton's reading of this audiobook, either. There was actually a funny part about Wil Wheaton in the book, and that being ready by Wil, made it even more quirky fun. Totally enjoyable, escapist book... hopefully the movie will follow suit.
     
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  19. Yovra

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    Looks good, maybe I'll go to see it on the big screen.
    It doesn't have the Spielberg-'feel' for me; it could have been from Michael Bay or any other 'effectlords'/blockbuster-directors.
     
  20. rich100

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    At 1:42 is, I believe, the Jewelry Quarter of Birmingham UK. It's actually much nicer looking than it looks in this trailer :) I'm really looking forward to this film.
     
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  23. Jim B.

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    Don't get me wrong, I like Spielberg, but I'm predicting this to make a loss. They will need to do around $600m at the box office to cover that budget and I don't sense any buzz about this film at all. I think it's a confusing premise that will make it hard to get casual movie goers interested.
     
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  24. Jack White

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    The novel has been criticizes as shallow and vapid - nothing more than a collection of pop culture allusions. The book - and the movie - could be a trivia game, how many references do you recognize.
     
  25. The Zodiac

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    Sounds familiar...

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    I was intrigued by the trailer. I'd be interested in seeing it, unless early word tells me it's an abomination or something.
     

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