TV & FILM
brian-mcgee - December 12, 2017
It's difficult to pinpoint the moment when you lose interest in a highly anticipated film. Usually it's after the first trailer when you see what a mess they've made of your beloved property. Sometimes it can come as late as the week the film opens when you've been hyped to death by the marketing and you can't help but think they must be overcompensating for something.
It rarely happens halfway through the second trailer for a film, however, which is what makes Steven Spielberg's upcoming adaptation of Ernest Cline's Ready Player One such an anomaly. Maybe you'll think I'm insane, but the moment we see what the various characters looked like inside the Oasis, all of the hope I had for this film rushed out of my body. Sure, Ben Mendelsohn—my second favorite actor—shows up after that and I could feel tingles rising up my spine again, but they evaporated once I realized that nearly everything about this feels off for me.
Also, as much as I love DLR-era Van Halen, it's a trade down from the first trailer's use of Rush's "Tom Sawyer." I don't know, maybe I'm just nitpicking everything to death, but I think this whole trailer is a bit of a letdown. Like I said, I'm happy for you to prove me wrong, but I can't see fans of the book watching this trailer and thinking, "man, everything is exactly how I pictured it." Not that that makes for a good movie, but this feels further off the mark than usual. It opens March 30.