TV & FILM
brian-mcgee - January 29, 2018
Exciting news for fans of Ready Player One, but the film's release date got moved up an entire day from March 30 to March 29, meaning that you don't have to be patient for anything ever again. I'm excited for the film as I enjoyed the hell out of the book, but my biggest apprehension with this adaptation has to do with the man behind the camera, Steven Spielberg.
Why, you wonder, would I be concerned that one of our greatest living directors is tackling this film? Well, a substantial portion of it is influenced by Spielberg himself. The only comparison I can think of with this is having John Lennon produce your cover album of songs he wrote. He's a legend, but he's not the right man for the job. The movie will be fine, I'm positive of that. It will be well made and elegantly crafted and very well acted, but it will lack that aesthetic distance the book had because its director is too entrenched in it.
Listen, the movie's got Ben Mendelsohn as the villain and Mark Rylance as a hippie-dippie Steve Jobs type. I'm gonna see it. I can't wait to see it. But I mourn for the movie Edgar Wright could've made from this book. Or Alfonso Cuarón. Or Guillermo Del Toro. Or basically anyone other than Steven Spielberg.
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