And I have not had this much fun at a Steven Spielberg film since 2002, when he made Catch Me if You Can (2002) and his criminally underrated science fiction action-adventure extraordinaire Minority Report (2002). When we take into account his recent Oscar-driven The Post (2017) was also exceptionally strong, I hope this marks a permanent resurgence of the Steven Spielberg we always loved most. Back when he was madly in love with filmmaking and we could feel it. In many ways, we can feel it again.
what I love about Ready Player One, in spite of some notable pacing and tonal flaws throughout, is Steven Spielberg is clearly a child again while directing several sequences. And his glee translates to ours. We are already reaching a peak point in society where social media is beginning to alienate people as much as it draws us in together. It is a confusing conundrum to figure out how to balance real life with our online persona.
I think Ready Player One contains some mild chastisement from Spielberg to the rest of humanity for sometimes ostracizing and rejecting creative individuals. With his good friend, George Lucas, having recently signed over all the rights for Star Wars over to Disney, Spielberg has to feel a little sensitive about the possibility of creators allowing their creations to be corrupted by selling out to corporate and/or monetary interests.
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