It's been a long time since Steven Spielberg
directed a massive genre blockbuster, but with Ready Player One
, he returns to that well. And in doing so, he's captured everything people love about old Amblin
movies, but in a completely modern, visual spectacle that manages to uphold the spirit of the beloved book it's based on. Ready Player One is much more than Member Berries. This pop culture Easter egg hunt, which just had its world premiere at SXSW, is an absolute blast.
Ready Player One takes place in the year 2045, where a massive wealth gap makes it so that the only escape for most people is a virtual reality simulation called the Oasis. The virtual world was created by James Halliday
), who has recently died. But the influential figure who is basically the Steve Jobs
of this world, but cranked up to eleven, has left behind a