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Ready Player One (2018)


Ready Player One (2018)

Some aspects of this film intrigued me prior to seeing it, while other things about the movie worried me.

It interested me that a lot of characters and parts from famous films would be scattered throughout Ready Player One.  However, I was concerned that every aspect of the movie would be overdone.

Why would I worry that a big budget film might be overcooked and therefore tasteless?

Hollywood has become obsessed with gathering together big budget group movies.  It started with superhero movies and those superhero movies had to keep getting bigger and fuller.  It is no longer just Batman or Superman, or even just Spiderman anymore.  Batman vs. Superman also was not even good enough (of course, we knew it wouldn’t be).  It is now The Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy, Justice League, Suicide Squad, and X-Men, to name a few.  Hollywood will take a concept that worked once and bleed it dry for everything that it is worth.  It will be purged of all entertainment value.  All that will be left behind is an overdone, and overblown metastasized mess that should be cut off because it is destroying the host that is the superhero genre.

What does this have to do with Ready Player One?

Because Hollywood has to keep trying to outdo itself, it keeps adding too many ingredients, and we no longer recognize what we are being fed.  The trailer for Ready Player One had me worried that the movie would just be too much.

Ready Player One is about a future where a virtual reality videogame world called “The Oasis” is better than the real world.  The creator of “The Oasis” has hidden secrets inside of his game.  The world has become obsessed with finding those secrets and taking control of “The Oasis” and the trillions of dollars that it is worth.

The movie was directed by Steven Spielberg and the noteworthy cast includes Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn, Mark Rylance, Simon Pegg, Lena Waithe, Ralph Ineson, Susan Lynch, Clare Higgins, and Laurence Spellman.

I got to enjoy this film in 3D and I believe that greatly improved my movie watching experience.  The special effects are firing on all cylinders in this one.

To say that I was pleasantly surprised by this movie would be an understatement.  Were things overdone at times?  Yes.  But, let’s say they were tastefully overdone.

If you grew up playing videogames, then you will likely enjoy this movie more than someone who did not play video games, as a child.  In other words, if you are in your fifties or older, you might not get much out of this movie.

Some of the characters and places that were recreated from other films in this movie were nothing short of incredible.

Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, and Ben Mendelsohn all did a great job in this movie.

I enjoyed how Spielberg walked the line of videogame and reality in Ready Player One.  The videogame world created inside of the film feels just like the real world inside of the movie.  In a lot of ways, Ready Player One is like nothing we have ever seen on screen.  However, you can bet that the concept in this film will return again soon to a theater near you.

Overall, Ready Player One was peppered with nostalgia.  Characters and icons from our childhoods were brought back to life with a vengeance.  It was an exciting and epic Steven Spielberg story of good vs. evil in a fight to save the fictional world.

I rate this movie a 9 on a scale of 1-10.

 

If you liked this film then you might also enjoy:

 

Back to the Future (1985)

The Shining (1980)

Mud (2012)

Thoroughbreds (2017)

The Place Beyond the Pines (2012)

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Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)


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Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)

I have not really ever been a big fan of the Star Trek franchise.  I have seen some of the earlier movies and an assortment of episodes from a few of the television shows.  For one reason or another, I just could not get into Star TrekStar Trek Into Darkness appeared like it was going to be different than the previous movies.  This new movie looked intriguing and it made me decide to give Star Trek another chance.

Star Trek Into Darkness Chris Pine

Star Trek Into Darkness follows the crew of the Enterprise lead by Captain Kirk (Chris Pine).  He is tasked with tracking down a man responsible for attacking their organization.

Star Trek Into Darkness Ships

I saw the film in 3D and the special effects were wonderful.  It’s the best 3D movie that I have ever seen.  Technology has sure come a long way.  This was one film that I think is completely worth the extra cost to see in 3D.

Many parts of previous Star Trek movies have seemed a little too corny at times.  They all have had a lot of cool ideas mixed with some cheesy dialogue.  There has also been some great technology and some things that have seemed so far out that they come off as tacky.

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In Star Trek Into Darkness, they seem to have gotten all of the tweaks out.  I felt that the filmmakers did an excellent job of updating the entire concept of Star Trek.  They successfully made it more appealing to a wider audience.  I am living proof of that because they got me to go out and see it, when I wasn’t going to let that happen before.

Star Trek Into Darkness Group

The movie is directed by J.J. Abrams and has a very solid cast that includes Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Benedict Cumberbatch, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, Bruce Greenwood, Simon Pegg, Peter Weller, Alice Eve, Anton Yelchin, and John Cho.

The film was exciting.  The computer graphics, special effects, etc., etc. were all amazing and made everything a bit more believable, considering the subject matter.  The dialogue was well-written and didn’t get cheesy this time around.  There was a bit of humor thrown in throughout the whole film to help make it more entertaining.  The characters were well-rounded and the story kept my attention.

Star Trek Into Darkness Cumberbatch

Overall, in my opinion, Star Trek Into Darkness is the best Star Trek movie that I have seen and likely better than the few that I haven’t seen.  Do yourself a favor and see it in 3D to make your movie watching experience even better.  Star Trek Into Darkness got me into Star Trek.  I might just have to go back and watch Star Trek (2009) and we’ll see where that takes me.

I rate this movie an 8 on a scale of 1-10.

Buy, rent, or run?  Buy.

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Trailer for Star Trek into Darkness (2013)


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Star Trek into Darkness (2013) (click on the title for my full review)

For those of you who know me, you know that I am not a huge Star Trek fan.  With that being said, Star Trek into Darkness actually looks semi-decent.  I just may have to check it out when it releases.  If I like it, I may have to go back and give some of the other movies a second look.  This new Star Trek does not look like your average Star Trek.  Even the poster looks intriguing for a Star Trek movie.

The film is directed by J.J. Abrams and stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Chris Pine, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, Alice Eve, Jon Lee Brody, Simon Pegg, Zachary Quinto, Anton Yelchin, John Cho, Nolan North, Nick Tarabay, Bruce Greenwood, Peter Weller, Tom Archdeacon, Heather Langenkamp, and Christopher Doohan.

The movie is set to release on 5/17/13.