One neat thing about going to the movies in Korea are these double-sided publicity sheets made for the films currently showing in the theater. The front is the official movie poster and the back includes a brief synopsis and introduction to the characters. You can find them in display stands in the lobby of the movie theater.
I quite liked Ready Player One. Having read the book a few years ago, I knew going in that I wouldn’t get a lot of the old school video game references. And that was fine, the movie was still very entertaining. The avatars seemed a little cartoony at first and took some getting used to, but by the end I felt more invested in the Oasis and the avatar representation of the main characters than the real world. (That would make sense as it felt like most of the movie took place in VR over RL.)
Speaking of VR, I tried an Oculus Rift for the first time recently and I was surprised at how “real” it felt. While the tree hugger in me instinctively recoils at the thought of future generations growing up even more immersed in screens, my inner tech curious self is, well, curious about the possibilities to come. Good or bad, we are on the brink of new and exciting things.
Overall, Steven Spielberg is a sure bet, the movie’s CGI was amazing, and I would see it again to try and catch more references to cultish ’80s pop culture.