Ready Player One ★★★

READY PLAYER ONE (aka Super Smash Bros: The Movie) is HOOK for kids raised on HOOK. weak storytelling but a one-of-a-kind rendering of stunted youth, and a fascinating study of pop culture as a language / prison. will be the subject of grad school dissertations for decades. bad ones, probably.

it didn’t really work for me as spectacle (something like Sword Art Online mines similar terrain more successfully), but i dug it as a knotted meta-commentary about our relationship to the things we create / the paralyzing nature of nostalgia. only Spielberg could have made this, and it's mostly interesting only *because* Spielberg actually did.

anyway, that 2nd act "haunted house" sequence sure is something.