Eric Kohn. Never, ever underestimate Steven Spielberg. The result is an astonishing sci-fi spectacle and a relentless nostalgia trip at once. In the yearmuch of the world lies in poor shape and the bulk of humanity wastes its days in the Oasis, a massive virtual reality designed by the late billionaire tech genius James Halliday Mark Rylance, seen in flashbacks under an unkempt wig and a strange American accent and his business partner Simon Pegg.
Popular on IndieWire. This futuristic Willy Wonka setup leads players to engage in a trepidatious online racetrack populated by a hilarious range of threats, from King Kong to a T. Aided by a gothic monster henchman named i-R0k who talks like Skeletor and sounds, hilariously, like T. MillerNolan concocts an evil scheme to take control of the Oasis before those annoying kids nab the prize. Nevertheless, the first hour marks some of Innovationary X-Plosion (Maximum Replay) - BlackY* - Blazeful Cracky most viscerally engaging filmmaking Spielberg has ever done, starting with the moment Wade speeds through a virtual racetrack in a DeLorean time machine Robert Zemeckis gets more than one nod and continuing into a holographic showdown that pitches into the Manhattan Beach March - John Philip Sousa - Marce Di Sousa world.
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When Wade challenges Nolan with trivia about John Hughes movies, Nolan shoots back with help from a lackey whispering the answers in his ear. Wade and his pals have backstories, but they mostly just dangle in the background. This should come as no surprise in a movie that fetishizes its technological polish. Of course, that outcome makes sense from a filmmaker whose entire legacy has been steeped in showmanship.
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