REVIEWED IN 2018 –

Steven Spielberg’s latest masterpiece, “Ready Player One” is the best Easter Egg to search for today.

As a huge fan of Ernest Cline’s novel chock full of pop culture salutes, this latest effort from Steven Spielberg is the film I’ve been looking forward to the most this year; more than “Solo” and definitely more than “Avengers: Infinity War.”

The film adaptation almost completely succeeds. It is very well cast and the expansive imagination of Spielberg and his crew get everything right. It’s the greatest amusement park for the eyes. When there are not hidden gems to look for, I still found the young cast of characters portrayed by talented unknowns to be engrossing, and more importantly endearing to those cinematic kids of the ‘80s from John Hughes films, as well Spielberg’s other classics.

Authenticity was also truly a priority for Spielberg. I dare not spoil the highlight of the film’s second act but let’s just say the attention to detail was perfection to every minute crammed on the screen. You can’t help but laugh, grin and slap your knee. In fact you really do it through the whole film practically but Act 2 really reaches for the skies.

Now the one issue I have. Like Spielberg’s “Jurassic Park,” the villain was pulled back in their deviousness from the original source material. The danger did not feel threatening enough for me. Here the antagonist is this large conglomerate run by a CEO, and I’m afraid that’s all that Ben Mendelsohn is sadly reduced to. The stakes didn’t seem high enough. Cline’s novel made sure that your life could end as you got closer to solving the puzzles of the “Oasis,” the interactive virtual world that everyone willingly engulfs themselves in. The threat was more convincing in the novel. In the film, I’m afraid it’s a little too watered down.

Still, “Ready Player One” is incredibly fun with an awesome soundtrack; “Staying Alive” by The Bee Gees will always be the greatest song to bless any film, ever. This film especially supports that argument.

Maybe this will be on my top 10 list at year end simply because it is one of the best times you could ever have at the movies. I’ll have to wait and see.

I hope to see it in the theaters again. My recommendation: see it in Dolby with the sharpest picture and most powerful sound. Your seat will shake.

“LET’S SAVE THE OASIS”