Ready Player One ★★★

“You killed my mom’s sister, you think I won’t kill you?” is low key the funniest line ever written.

It’s a fine action film, better than most thanks to some effortlessly integrated special effects and veteran directorial flair by Steven Spielberg, but where it shines it also bogs itself down; its pride in its references. It’s cliché and laughable and for sure inconsistently clever, which isn’t to say it isn’t clever. A certain mid-movie Shining sequence proves the film has some effort and fun to offer. But that certain mid-movie Shining sequence decides to abandon The Shining as relevant to its plot and then features the I’m-not-sure-if-this-is-meant-to-be-satire-or-not moment where the challenge is solved literally by talking to a woman.

It’s fine. It has some fun sequences for sure. It’s just a bit too long and a bit too indulgent for my tastes.