Earlier this year saw the release of Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of Ready Player One, and though the movie made a splash at the box office, it isn’t without its flaws. Now Screen Junkies has given their Honest Trailer take on the film.
Do you like references? You better, because this movie’s got more references than a Big Bang Theory episode about the Justice League challenging the Avengers to an anime edition of trivial pursuit; full of obvious nerd touchstones, oddly specific late 90s stuff, and an extended sequence that asks, “What if Kubrick was so hard up for cash, that he sold The Shining to Universal Studios Florida?”
I’ll admit, I was not a fan of the YA romance that was going on, but the world-building was interesting. I just kind of wish that the references were used a tad differently. Some I felt were too on the nose, and were more of just name dropping than actual fun callbacks.
The trailer also makes it a point to show that Samantha/Art3mis actually looks attractive in real life, and the movie’s choice for her ‘deformity’ seems like a cheap move. Her birthmark is even barely visible in most lighting in the show.
If all else, I’m not stopping anyone from liking Ready Player One. The movie had some fun things going for it, but it’s not something I’d like to revisit over and over again.