Ready Player One ★★★

A fun adventure movie that feels a bit stretched out and hinges a lot on its references for the entertainment. But ultimately if you don't recognize them or enjoy them, I could see someone really disliking this movie. It's nothing new or even all that interesting; "boring boy on a mission, meets and falls in love with girl" and insert a couple of cheesy 'gaiz friendship is key' and 'be a good person' moments and you're golden. Ready Player One is literally one Olivia Cooke and Ben Mendelsohn away from being the most blasé cast I've seen in a long time.

But I would be lying if I said I didn't have a fun time despite all that. There's a fleeting moment of happiness when you recognize each reference pop up. A certain horror movie brought a bunch of "ooohs" in my showing, which was easily my favorite scene since it was the only time the movie decided to really absorb the material as opposed to an overload of minor references.

Being a video game nerd, I enjoyed more of those references but they did get a bit cringey when they decided to really throw it out there. But for each of these, there was an equal amount of stuff I didn't get in which I just felt left out. The protagonist goes through a monologue of what he should wear to a date and literally each one passed over my head.

I can only imagine how someone would feel not knowing any references in the whole movie and also deal with the average to bad story/characters. Final thoughts, I thought it was a fun time, but man you better be ready to love each reference to really get the most out of it.

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