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Josh’s review published on Letterboxd:
This review may contain spoilers.
The pop culture references made it feel more realistic, as if the story is actually taking place in this world. At many points there was just an onslaught of things happening and being shoved in my face which got nauseating. The Shining part was really fun, and nice tongue-in-cheek from Spielberg, since he met Kubrick on that set.
The last third of the film is where I had the most problems. Everything felt very watered down and compared to the rest of the film leading up to it, and just got cliched and ridiculous at points. Why do all these kids just decide that saving the Oasis is their sole responsibility? If Wade got the keys and the easter egg and all this IOI stuff was taken out, it would’ve been much more focused and fun.