You gotta hand it to Steven Spielberg: He can make a pretty fun movie when he wants to.
Ready Player One is a delightful visual thrill ride—a two-hour trip on Space Mountain if you replaced all the stars and planets with nods to ‘80s pop culture. I’m a little surprised that, given how much of that pop culture director Spielberg was responsible for, he resisted the urge to throw in references to Jaws and E.T.—or, at the very least, keep The Goonies and the multiple Indiana Jones references that were in Ernest Cline’s original book. (Vulture tells me that there is an Indiana Jones poster in a kid’s bedroom, though.)
But if it feels a bit shallow, Ready Player One is surprisingly rich theologically. And it begins with the creator, of course: OASIS creator James Halliday.