brian-mcgee - July 25, 2018
For their latest Honest Trailer, the folks over at Screen Junkies have set their sights on Steven Spielberg's latest, Ready Player One. While it's not the savage takedown most were expecting, it is nice to see that most of their criticisms are directed at the film rather than the source material.
The book itself is problematic enough, but the film made a number of missteps in adapting the book, and I'm glad to see that they've managed to spot the differences. The film also manages to get in its digs at the film's most categorically absurd elements, like Art3mis' birthmark, the lack of imagination in avatar selection, the comically ridiculous overuse of the word "gunter," and a well timed barb aimed at internet punching bag T.J. Miller.
I can't believe no one's talking about Ben Mendelsohn's fake teeth, though. That was the most distracting part of the film for me, though I know that not everyone is familiar enough with his normal voice to even notice that he was really wrestling with those fake chompers. My god, though, that Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch burn at the end might just be the best criticism absolutely anyone has leveled at this film. Bravo for that.
Ready Player One is now available on DVD, Blu-ray, and Digital HD.