Ready Player One ★★★★½

Another Steven Spielberg-directed adaptation of a popular novel that, like Jaws and Jurassic Park before it, takes liberties with the source material but all for the better, Ready Player One represents arguably one of the most spectacular visual extravaganzas in quite some time as well as the grandfather of blockbuster filmmaking's most purely delightful film in years, with breathtaking effects, energetic action sequences, fun and charming characters, terrific performances, a great sense of humor, smooth pacing, and solid storytelling that's jam-packed with pop culture references and nostalgia but used in a way where it works as a wonderful tool as opposed to an unfortunate handicap.

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