Ready Player One ★★★½

Spielberg’s second Peter Pan picture. “Big Kid” cinema of the highest order: a silly, speeding, bombastic roller coaster ride that lets us blast Freddy Krueger with a laser, outrun a marauding King Kong, and traverse the endless corridors of the Overlook Hotel. Essentially, Spielberg’s playing in a sandbox he’s helped create and redefine with other New Hollywood legends and their successors for over fifty years, creating an elliptical visual dialogue where pop is in conversation with itself, speaking a dialect that may be too niche for its own good at times. Still, since this is essentially an animated film, his camera is shot out of a cannon and untethered to the laws of gravity, making every move thrillingly psychedelic at times. A pure theme park ride.