Ready Player One ★★½

Sigh... And here I was, hoping this could be a good one...

Look, Easter Eggs are fun and all, but there has to be more to a film than that. The storytelling itself here is very weak and the whole thing just lacks some kind of spark/energy, which is really surprising considering the source material. The movie feels too long, the dialogue is very cringe-worthy, some of the acting is surprisingly subpar (especially considering the cast), and despite the 140-minute runtime the movie still somehow manages not to establish some important world-building points which makes for awkward gaps in logic for anyone not familiar with the novel.

Ready Player One has its moments here and there, and I'm particularly grateful for a certain horror movie scene, but overall it's just an "OK" movie for me.