Ready Player One ★★★★

Really fun and suprisingly very funny. Ready Player One captures the Spielberg wonder, yet not without some stumbles. The first 15 minutes are almost all voice-over exposition which definitely could’ve been done another way, but once you get past that the film really finds its groove. The live-action bits are perhaps where the film shines the brightest. And the cast has tons of chemistry both in and out of the game. 

For those worried about it simply being a nostalgia trip, what Spielberg said introducing the film is correct: the story is front and center, with the nostalgia and pop culture references on the periphery. 

People already set on hating it probably won’t be swayed, but it’s actually pretty great.