Ready Player One ★★★★

As gorgeously crafted as this film is, it is also extremely muddled. It seems to want to be saying something, but keeps getting distracted. Spielberg is an intelligent guy and you can see interesting ideas popping up here and there, but then everything is overtaken by spectacle that runs contrary to the text. It’s a film that is at war with itself. It grapples with ideas but rather than confronting them head-on, it opts to settle on Don’t Worry Be Happy. I’m sorta surprised he didn’t end with that song over the credits.

It’s still pretty great in the visual department.