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John Byrne
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Posted: 24 December 2017 at 12:43pm | IP Logged | 1 post reply

Am I just irredeemable old? Cuz this looks AWFUL to me. Like Spielberg got a brain transplant from Michael Bey.
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Posted: 24 December 2017 at 1:37pm | IP Logged | 2 post reply

I checked the trailer out. I can't honestly say I spotted much of a plot in there.
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I should have been the perfect audience for the novel, but I hated it. Ernest Cline is a bit if a hack writer. His follow-up Armada was also quite bad.

The trailer also had a bunch of stuff that wasn't in the book, which makes me think they couldn't get the rights to most of the things referenced in the book.
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Posted: 24 December 2017 at 2:17pm | IP Logged | 4 post reply

I enjoyed the novel, but itís basically 80ís nostalgia porn. I describe it as a Young Adult novel written for 40-year-olds. Iím not sure if anyone who was older than their teens in the 80ís would get as much out of it.

The Iron Giant looks out of place (and wasnít in the book), since that movie didnít come out until 1999. Iím guessing heís a stand-in for one of the anime big robots that showed up in the book.

My other issue is the casting of Olivia Cookeís character. Her character is repeatedly described as Rubenesque to the point that the author seemed insecure that a zaftig girl could be considered attractive. So they cast an actress with a slender figure. 
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Posted: 24 December 2017 at 3:06pm | IP Logged | 5 post reply

The second trailer gave more of an idea
about the plot. Looks interesting but I
hate the color palette.
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Posted: 24 December 2017 at 4:43pm | IP Logged | 6 post reply

The trailers make the movie look like nothing more than a monstrously overcrowded take on Tron. Mark Rylance looks amusing as the eccentric dead tech genius, but that's about the only thing that appealed to me.
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Posted: 24 December 2017 at 7:32pm | IP Logged | 7 post reply

But .... Tom Sawyer in trailer one.
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Posted: 25 December 2017 at 3:52pm | IP Logged | 8 post reply

Apparently the book is laden with Rush references,i may
have to find it on Kindle! Isn`t this the film that
Spielberg shot parts of in The Black Country/Birmingham
to stand in for a post apocalyptic future?
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Posted: 25 December 2017 at 4:37pm | IP Logged | 9 post reply

Yep
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Speaking to the book, it *very* much helps to be a video
gamer dating back to the early days, as well as a fan of
MMOs. As to the movie, it looks like it would be a fun
movie on it's own, but as an adaptation with any kind of
source fidelity? Not so much.
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Posted: 26 December 2017 at 2:37pm | IP Logged | 11 post reply

As usual, trailers can be deceptive.

Having loved the book, I should point out that the story is about how popular culture shapes who you are.  Not just the mass of it as a whole (which is impossible to experience in detail) but your specific path through it.

In order to win the riches of dead mega-billionaire,  the "Egg Hunters" of the story have to discern intimate details about him from his specific journey through the pop-culture of his day (the 80's).  They do this pretty much by living it: listening to his favorite music, watching his favorite movies and mastering his favorite video games, etc.

Comparing the sort of random 80's reference-dropping in Atomic Blonde, Ready Player One is more of a of period-piece-in-absentia for the characters who must immerse themselves in a culture that isn't theirs.  This has consequences, many of which are quite negative--think Internet Addiction combined with Lotto Mania all on steroids.

In a very contemporary twist, The Martian author, Andy Weir, loved the story so much that he wrote a (good) fanfic short about one of the characters, which Ready Player One author Ernie Cline loved so much he declared it Canon.

The world can be pretty weird these days...

Trevor>> but as an adaptation with any kind of 
source fidelity? Not so much.<<

What makes you think that? I didn't see any colossal deviations?
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Posted: 27 December 2017 at 5:39am | IP Logged | 12 post reply

"What makes you think that?"

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Well right away I was put off by the casting. The
physical appearance of the characters, vs the avatars
they create for themselves is a pretty important part of
the book, and the actors are just WAY too pretty and
perfect.
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Posted: 27 December 2017 at 8:31am | IP Logged | 13 post reply

I enjoyed the book quite a bit.  I'm also a long time gamer dating back to the 70s and was a teen in the 80s.  I'm all in on this movie.
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  I liked the book a lot, too. Like Matt Reed, I'm all in as well.
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Posted: 27 December 2017 at 9:38pm | IP Logged | 15 post reply

I think this looks interesting for nostalgia. I tend to like Steven Spielberg movies and trust he'll make this entertaining.
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Posted: 29 December 2017 at 11:13am | IP Logged | 16 post reply

This sums up my experience as well
"I enjoyed the novel, but itís basically 80ís nostalgia porn."
I really love reading it and devoured it but felt kind of gross afterward.

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Posted: 29 December 2017 at 10:04pm | IP Logged | 17 post reply

First heard about the novel when it was mentioned in G-Fan Magazine due to appearances by franchise characters from both Tsuburaya and Toho...

...Not sure the movie got the licensing rights to those characters, but the RX-78 Gundam showing up might give me the push to see it.

Edited by Bill Mimbu on 29 December 2017 at 10:05pm
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Posted: 30 December 2017 at 2:53am | IP Logged | 18 post reply

Trevor>>and the actors are just WAY too pretty and
perfect.<<

Fine, I guess. That's all pretty subjective.  I expect I could agree with Olivia Cooke, but Tye Sheridan? At worst, he's too fit, and Wade does get fit in the book (if they bother to include that). Also, It looked like his avatar was prettier with the nose smaller than his real one (like in the book). Come to think of it (from the trailer), Olivia Cooke's Avatar looks rather more statuesque than she is in real life.  Cooke's figure is certainly off the book-model, but I don't think it's so great a sin as Linda Cardellini as Velma was, or Tom Cruise as Jack Reacher.

Also, as adaptations go, the trailer had scenes I recognized from the book.  So far, so good...

Note: Even if they were able to get ALL the licenses, there's still a whole bunch of the stuff from the book they'd have to cut for time.  We'll have to see how important it was.  I'm willing to trust Spielberg on that.
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