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Will be a part of WB's Comic-Con presentation next week, be interesting if they show off any footage. I guess we'll see exactly why Spielberg found this worthy of his time.

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Oh boy. I get to renew my hatred for this book.

 

 

yay.

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I went from hating the book, to thinking the book was fine (it's much better if you read it with the framing that Cline is writing an 80s-style YA novel), to being mildly interested in this. Olivia Cooke and the cast are definitely all great.

 

My hope is that Spielberg has worked his Roger Rabbit magic and gotten all the rights to all the underlying IP. 

 

The best case scenario is it's Spielberg saying, "Okay, you little VHS-core hipsters, with your Stranger Things, your Upside Downs, and your Super 8s...I invented Amblin, motherfuckers, let me show you how it's done." 

post #4 of 548

Explain.

 

I mean, I read the book.  As if I don't know.  But I love hearing you say it!!!

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Let it be said that compared to ARMADA, easily one of the worst fucking books I have ever read, READY PLAYER ONE is some Nobel Prize Winning shit. 

 

A selection from Armada by Ernie Cline, an adult man: 
 

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 "...then I froze in midstep. She was just off to my right, sitting all alone in a deserted row near the back, taking brazen pulls from a chrome hip flask painted to look like R2-D2. Even seated, I could tell she must be a few inches taller than me. Her pale, alabaster skin contrasted sharply with her dark clothing -- black combat boots, black jeans, and a black tank top (which didn't fully conceal the black bra she was wearing underneath). She had a spiky wave of black hair that was buzzed down one side and chin-length on the other. But the real kicker was her tattoos, on each arm: on the left was a beautiful seminude rendering of the comic book heroine Tank Girl, adorned in post apocalyptic rock lingerie and smooching an M16. On her right bicep, in stylized capital letters, were the words EL RIESGO SIEMPRE VIVE.

Seeing her was almost as jarring when I'd first glimpsed that Glaive Fighter* the previous afternoon. I had fallen for Ellen** gradually, over a period of months. But this -- this was like taking a lightning bolt from Mjolnir straight to the forehead."

 

 

Games are for everybody! This paragraph brought to you by Deviant Art and Suicide Girls! (Or at least what the author thinks Suicide Girls are.)

 

*the bullshit alien fighters in this bullshit book
**his ex girlfriend, who broke up with him because she didn't understand HOW IMPORTANT video games were, but he showed her by flying off in a spaceship, that bitch.

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...Woof. That is some nerd-purple prose right there.

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I hope this does real well.  Not that I have an interest on it beyond having spent all my HSX money on a bunch of fake stock for this back when it was cheap.

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I devour Warhammer 40,000 books by the truckload and even I cringed at that shit. 

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I devour Warhammer 40,000 books by the truckload and even I cringed at that shit. 

Ha haaaaa!!!!

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Haven't read Armada but I bet you the main character hooks up with nerdy (but of course, incredibly hawt) nerd girl..."just because."

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Haven't read Armada but I bet you the main character hooks up with nerdy (but of course, incredibly hawt) nerd girl..."just because."

 

Yes.

 

There is also a not-inconsiderable amount of time spent on discussing how the main character's mom is hot. And not in a cute Spider-Man: Homecoming kind of way. 

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Ha haaaaa!!!!

 

It's utterly ridiculous but for the most part the prose isn't that bad. 

post #13 of 548
I've bitched enough about this book in its respective thread that I don't think I need to devote an entire post to why RPO is shit.
 
All I hope is that Spielberg found something engaging enough to make into a film, because the concept and the actual VR stuff in the book is genuinely cool--it's just ruined by the author's self-insert character bullshit and aggravating fan service.
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Will be a part of WB's Comic-Con presentation next week, be interesting if they show off any footage. I guess we'll see exactly why Spielberg found this worthy of his time.

 

 

...the Hell??

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He probably won't keep 100% to the book. Has he ever for his "fantasy" films? From Jaws to Jurassic Park and Minority Report to War of the Worlds, he's kind of always gone off and done his own thing with the concept. Even his potential Harry Potter film was going to be different combining the first three books. I think Tintin and BFG might have been his most respective of the source material.

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The thing is, so much of what I'd want change is intrinsic to the actual plot:

 

I'd want the main character to be changed from the ground up. To be someone that's actually likable and not just a Gary Stu that gets everything "just because."

 

I'd want the frequent pop-culture reference actually be used in a clever and fun way, and not just by way of word vomit by the author to show how nerdy he is.

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'Bout time we got something about this film.

 

Still skeptical on the Tye Sheridan casting. Wade/Parzival's supposed to be a short, chubby kid who plays video games and eats junk food 12 hours a day. Sheridan's more akin to the wish fulfillment avatar he runs around in, within the Oasis. The look of the van he spends all his time in is spot-on, though.

 

Hope this is decent, and I hope it combines some of the fun and goofiness of the novel with some gravity necessary for it to work as a film. The climax of the novel was fun on paper, but could be goofy as fuck on film. I trust Spielberg, though.

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Aw yeah.  Already up $1.29 today.

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I'm not particularly enthused about everything inside the Oasis looking ultra animation-y (though I get why that's the case), but it does appear like we're getting TINTIN-style "unfiltered Spielberg action," which could be fun.  I just wish there was more physical heft to it. 

 

That said, this trailer does show us Freddy Krueger being vaporized by an energy blast, which is something I never thought I'd see in a Steven Spielberg film!

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Yes, Tintin is a good call. I also thought of Speed Racer when watching it as well.

 

Best other-property pop-up: The Iron Giant.

post #22 of 548

Is this a Tron Legacy?

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Admittedly, Tom Sawyer improves everything but I thought that looked absolutely fantastic. 

 

Never read the book but ticket sold! 

Also, the DeLorean pops up in the race scene. 

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Oh, and Duke Nukem's behind Freddy and that's Kaneda's Bike from Akira. 

 

That little bit of (I'm guessing) the score we hear before we get our RUSH on sounds really damn good. 

 

I was pretty neutral on this beforehand but I have to say, that trailer got me excited. Looks like a wild, great time. 

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Even though I think READY PLAYER ONE is basically a barely competent Gibson knockoff taken from the back cover of one of his earlier books that drowns all the cliches in pop culture nostalgia so no one will notice them.  It's the Big Bang Theory version of Neuromancer.

 

Doesn't look too bad though. It's Spielberg after all.

post #26 of 548
I definitely got splashes of Tin Tin from that trailer. Looks fun and it would've taken someone with Spielbergs clout to get all these established characters together.
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So do you think the

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Ultraman vs MechaGodzilla fight

 

from the book made it in? Highly unlikely right?

 

Oh and the one thing that I felt watching that trailer was nothing. There's no heart, no charm, no nothing.

 

It's going to make a ton of money isn't it?

 

Hell, this is basically Spielberg's PIXELS.


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post #28 of 548

I trust Spielberg, so I'll see this. I went through all the stages of admiration/regret with the book and Armada was crap, but I expect he'll keep me entertained.

 

The one thing that I know they'll have to do in the movie is compress the timeline. Remember, it took years to finally "win" - that sure as hell won't happen in a 2-hour movie.

post #29 of 548
Not sure if that's the real score. Sounds like a riff on "World of Endless Imagination" from Willy Wonka. Both are great cuts.
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The one thing that I know they'll have to do in the movie is compress the timeline. Remember, it took years to finally "win" - that sure as hell won't happen in a 2-hour movie.

 

 

Thinking the bit where Wade buys a sex doll and is so squicked out after using it he throws it away won't be in the film either.

 

This looks exactly how I imagined it would when I head Spielberg was on it. I enjoyed the book for what it was, a nostalgia baiting adventure romp. If the film can deliver that, I'll be happy.

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Apparently this will differentiate from the book quite a bit. Which should surprise nobody cause Jaws and Jurassic Park. 

post #32 of 548

I remember hearing the BTTF Delorean wouldn't be in this 'cuz Spielberg, but there it is.

post #33 of 548
So it's like Spielberg slumming it to get back some street cred. Can't say I blame him. He picked a story that would allow him to go modern video game actiony without questing the physics... cause it's virtual reality y'all.

Yeah I kind of want to see this now.
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I know it's the ridiculous nitpick, but the protagonist's narration is a bit too chipper and charismatic for someone supposedly beaten down by the realities of a dystopian future where everyone lives on top of each other, fighting for survival.

 

But the lead is supposed to be an unattractive chubby guy too, and I guess that doesn't sell tickets.

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I know it's the ridiculous nitpick, but the protagonist's narration is a bit too chipper and charismatic for someone supposedly beaten down by the realities of a dystopian future where everyone lives on top of each other, fighting for survival.

But the lead is supposed to be an unattractive chubby guy too, and I guess that doesn't sell tickets.

If he barely lives in his own reality then I can see that having quite a different effect.

Also, they could have cast Jonah Hill and the movie would have done just fine.
post #36 of 548
Spielberg said Iron Giant will take Ultraman's role from the novel.

He also says Gandalf is in the trailer, and this is Harley and Deadshot:

post #37 of 548

Looks like that Spielberg magic.  People will bitch about too much CG, even though it's literally a video game world.

 

Loved the subtle use of pure imagination.  

post #38 of 548

I didn't like Tin Tin, and BFG was decent but poorly paced. I can't say I'm particularly psyched for this.

 

Those dudes in their room-scale VR setups are totally Pacific Rim jazzercising.

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I liked the touch of an overweight middle aged stripper making her living by stripping in the Oasis, probably as an absolute bombshell model. 

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That looked completely decent!

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If Spielberg somehow makes a huge critique out of our unpleasant need for nostalgia, he will have warranted making this film. 

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That is easily one of the most aggressively ugly, at least in terms of visuals, trailers that I have seen in a long time. 

post #43 of 548
I think Spielberg has more than earned making a few fun movies in his old age. I mean how many masterpieces does the guy have to make? For what it's worth, this feels of a piece with his 70's output. That VR race scene setup looks like something out of the 70's.

I also love how most people are missing the joke about "cinematic game changer" and "holy grail". This is a movie about gaming after all.
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If Spielberg somehow makes a huge critique out of our unpleasant need for nostalgia, he will have warranted making this film. 

 

The book kind of has the opposite thesis. Neverending nostalgia and pop-culture references are good, with no discernible negatives. In fact it's what saves humanity.

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That is easily one of the most aggressively ugly, at least in terms of visuals, trailers that I have seen in a long time. 


I didn't want to be that negative in my initial appraisal, but I do kind of agree with you.  I know everybody is justifying the CG-y quality of everything as "Well, it's supposed to look like VR/a video game," but I don't particularly want to watch cut scenes on the big screen.  I want to watch a movie that looks like a movie.

 

I'm sure the action will be fun, and unhinged Spielberg can be a great thing.  I just wish it didn't look so much like (patently unrealistic at times) animation.

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I did enjoy the book, mostly because the last third of it is about the main character maturing out of his nostalgia obsession (even if that is undercut by the big final battle being Ultraman vs. Mechagodzilla). I think there's ample ground there for Spielberg to make some commentary on the subject.

 

But yeah, I hope this is more Roger Rabbit or Wreck-It Ralph than Pixels in terms of cameos.

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I didn't want to be that negative in my initial appraisal, but I do kind of agree with you.  I know everybody is justifying the CG-y quality of everything as "Well, it's supposed to look like VR/a video game," but I don't particularly want to watch cut scenes on the big screen.  I want to watch a movie that looks like a movie.

 

I'm sure the action will be fun, and unhinged Spielberg can be a great thing.  I just wish it didn't look so much like (patently unrealistic at times) animation.

 

 

But I think that's a specific look that Spielberg is going for since the non-VR scenes, the CGI looks very real.

 

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But I think that's a specific look that Spielberg is going for since the non-VR scenes, the CGI looks very real.

 


It's absolutely an intentional aesthetic choice, certainly.  I just don't like it!

post #49 of 548

The problem for me - and I say this as someone who read the book, hated it, and then read it again and upgraded it to "it's fine"* - is that the Oasis really does seem like it's meant to be evocative of something like The Sims and Minecraft. I never got the sense that it was supposed to be dark and photorealistic. Now, granted, the OASIS has a wide variety of worlds and environments, so maybe we're just getting the "gritty" worlds here. 

 

But, I don't know, I was expecting a bit more color? Particularly if they ARE playing up the Willy Wonka/Oz thematic connection. The whole thing about the book is that these games are an escape because they're so different from the dystopian real world. 

 

*The book reads much better if you think of it as Cline writing a YA novel from the 1980s. That seems like damning with faint praise, but stylistically, it's more of a piece with those than modern YA/sf. 

post #50 of 548
I think this film has the potential to be pretty amazing, if Spielberg has something he wants to say with it. And I doubt the something would be as binary as nostalgia = bad. I'm especially curious what Mark Rylance is going to bring to that role. If the Wonka-esque character from the book was being played by some 80s icon - I was thinking Michael Gross when I read it - that would feel keeping with the book's shallow aims. Getting someone like Rylance suggests Spielberg has something else in mind. Or maybe he just wants to hang out with his buddy Mark Rylance, who will play it as if he was Michael Gross.

In truth, this is a big deal for Spielberg's late period. Is he making this through the eyes of the creator, whose output has shaped millions of kid's lives for the last thirty years, in ways he could never have predicted? Or is he making a film he thought had a profitable hook and some action sequences he had an idea how to shoot? I don't know if I'll like the answer, but I'm damn curious.
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