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Ryan Jacob’s review published on Letterboxd:
This review may contain spoilers.
It was soooooo much worse the second time...Here's some reasons.
1. IOI has to be one of the dumbest "evil movie corporations" ever (they leave escape levers INSIDE THEIR FUCKING CELLS).
2. There's no arc and/or progression on any of these characters (they're boring as shit, they don't learn anything other than corporations are bad).
3. Has some of the cringiest love dialogue (and any real dialogue) in a recent movie I've seen.
4. TJ Miller's virtual character is easily one of the goofiest unnecessary villains in a blockbuster (none of his attempted comedy lines are funny).
5. Every actor here is bad (except Mark Rylance but the dude is only in there for 5 minutes and 5 minutes doesn't make up for over 2 hours of movie).
6. SOOOO many lines are like "oh hey, you remember this?" as characters are interacting with other characters making the audience go "oh yea! I remember that too!" as nostalgia bombs jizz all over the screen (huge fan of these properties, wanna know why? BECAUSE THEY HAD STORIES OF THEIR OWN. When they get in the way of THIS story, it losses me completely).
7. No stakes are formed within the movie (from what I understand they actually kill off a couple main characters from the book and what does this movie do? Oh, they blow up Wade's trailer stack with people he doesn't even like. Then it instantly gets back to what these main chapters were doing before. Let's see them struggle or know they're in actual danger.
8. Visuals don't hold up the second time (I know it was a means to tell a story within a virtual world, which you can argue, but some look very offbeat in some scenes, such as the club and last fight scene.) But take away the visuals and nostalgia, what do you have? A bland story about the little guy standing up to the big bad bullies and finds love.
I know it sounds like I'm nitpicking, but there are so many problems apparent in this movie. Spielberg has lost the spark of making good competent blockbusters. Makes me very sad because I want this guy to bring us something good in the blockbuster department, I guess it'll never happen.