Active Topics | Member List | Search | Help | Register | Login
Movies MOBILE
Byrne Robotics | Movies << Prev Page of 2
Topic: Ready Player One ~ SPOILERS!!! Post Reply | Post New Topic
Author
Message
Shane Matlock
Byrne Robotics Member


Joined: 12 August 2012
Location: United States
Posts: 1219
Posted: 02 April 2018 at 11:22am | IP Logged | 1 post reply

The book was good fun but totally nostalgia porn. Like with most books I've enjoyed I'm not that excited about a movie screwing it up or getting too many things wrong. That said, I enjoyed Annihilation last month even though the book is a favorite of mine, so I guess there's always hope.

Edited by Shane Matlock on 02 April 2018 at 11:26am
Back to Top profile | search
 
Bill Mimbu
Byrne Robotics Member


Joined: 14 April 2008
Location: United States
Posts: 6875
Posted: 02 April 2018 at 12:10pm | IP Logged | 2 post reply

Joe: I think the iconic robot Bill is referring to is Gundam.

***

Joe, as far as I know, the RX-78-2 Gundam only appears in The Oasis...

The robot I was referring to also appears in "the real world" (within the movie) as well. ;)

Edited by Bill Mimbu on 02 April 2018 at 3:37pm
Back to Top profile | search
 
Adam Schulman
Byrne Robotics Member


Joined: 22 July 2017
Posts: 537
Posted: 03 April 2018 at 12:04pm | IP Logged | 3 post reply

Mechagodzilla is in this, right? 
Back to Top profile | search
 
Bill Mimbu
Byrne Robotics Member


Joined: 14 April 2008
Location: United States
Posts: 6875
Posted: 03 April 2018 at 5:50pm | IP Logged | 4 post reply

Well Adam, the music cue at 2:10 might answer your question...

"Looking for a Truck" - READY PLAYER ONE Soundtrack
Back to Top profile | search
 
Jozef Brandt
Byrne Robotics Member


Joined: 03 March 2007
Location: United States
Posts: 2352
Posted: 04 April 2018 at 12:24am | IP Logged | 5 post reply


Horrible book made into a horrible movie.  Spielberg somehow missed the small amount of soul in the main character has in the book.  There are a couple huge CGI set pieces that did not exist in the book that were ridiculous.  (The race, for example).

Amazingly the book has been *dumbed down* so it now has no clue who its audience is.  A movie for 13 year old boys with pop culture references for 40yr old boys. 
Back to Top profile | search
 
Adam Schulman
Byrne Robotics Member


Joined: 22 July 2017
Posts: 537
Posted: 04 April 2018 at 11:29am | IP Logged | 6 post reply

Well Adam, the music cue at 2:10 might answer your question...

"Looking for a Truck" - READY PLAYER ONE Soundtrack

***

Thanks, Bill.

Wow, way to make Akira Ifukube's famous theme sound boring.
Back to Top profile | search
 
Matt Reed
Byrne Robotics Security

Robotmod

Joined: 16 April 2004
Posts: 32221
Posted: 04 April 2018 at 11:21pm | IP Logged | 7 post reply

I really enjoyed it.  My 18 year old nephew, who I saw it with today, liked it every bit as much as I did.  That's a huge gap, so I think the audience for this is fairly deep...and they know it.  You don't have to recognize every single bit of 80s trivia (particularly video games, cartoons and movie characters) to enjoy it. I thought the story was fun, the friendships were genuine and the heart all around was there from the novel.  Truncated, of course, but it's there.  Far too many easter eggs within the film itself to mention, many of which whipped by me, so I'll be sure to buy when it hits digital.  

If you're cynical at all, hate nostalgia or loathe huge amounts of CGI, this movie ain't for you.  Just don't watch it.  Stay away.  You already know you won't like it, so why torture yourself.  It honestly wasn't made for you anyway and neither was the source material from which this film was born.  
Back to Top profile | search
 
Matt Reed
Byrne Robotics Security

Robotmod

Joined: 16 April 2004
Posts: 32221
Posted: 04 April 2018 at 11:25pm | IP Logged | 8 post reply

 Jozef Brandt wrote:
Horrible book made into a horrible movie.

One question:  Why the hell did you see it if you so throughly hated the book?  Makes no sense to me.  First off, I don't finish a book I find horrible.  Second, I sure as hell don't pay money to see a film adaptation of said book. I mean, I know they change things but not so drastically to have ever made a book I hated into a movie I loved or even somewhat enjoyed.   
Back to Top profile | search
 
Conrad Teves
Byrne Robotics Member


Joined: 28 January 2014
Location: United States
Posts: 1456
Posted: 05 April 2018 at 7:07am | IP Logged | 9 post reply

Agree on every point, Matt.  I liked the heck out of it. In fact, I'll admit to having choked up a bit when I saw Daito and his Gundam dropping out of the sky into battle during the climax. I did not expect that reaction. The movie has some heart.

I'll note the structural and character changes all felt like Ernie Cline (as he co-wrote the script), and generally felt like very reasonable adjustments for adapting an internal-narrative heavy novel to the time constraints and visual demands of a movie.

Also, addressing a concern upthread, I think they did a very good job making Olivia Cooke and Tye Sheridan look like just ordinary non-glamorous people in the real world.

As a CG aficionado, I also note that the character rigging was fantastic, and well suited to the level of caricature (or not) of each avatar. All technically well done and appropriate to the characters and the story. 

Probably see it again next week, getting the blu-ray for sure.
Back to Top profile | search | www e-mail
 
Brian Hague
Byrne Robotics Member


Joined: 14 November 2006
Posts: 7363
Posted: 05 April 2018 at 6:27pm | IP Logged | 10 post reply

I have no problem with overtly CGI-laden material nor do I mind nostalgic shout-outs. My problems with Ready Player One were false story notes, coincidence, and a number of plot points that I just couldn't credit. 

SPOILERS:


 INVISO TEXT (Click or highlight to reveal):
The toppling of the stacks should have been a much, much more effective moment and a turning point in the film. I have no idea how that played out in the book, or if it's even in the book, but suddenly there were real world deaths being ordered by the corporate baddies and a large number of people were ruthlessly and unnecessarily executed, to no real effect whatsoever. I get that civilian deaths have come to mean ab-so-lutely nothing whatsoever to audiences in these days of non-stop disaster porn, but I couldn't buy anything that happened after that event. Uncle Owen and Aunt Beru got more of a send-off. And the bit later where the common folk tell the bigwig they know what he's done and he'd best leave? Utterly and completely false in every single respect. A handgun would not buy him safe passage through that crowd. He should have been sniped or shanked within seconds.

That wasn't the only bit that rang false for me. I liked that our hero figured out that going backwards would win the race, but I don't believe that after how many years of this, no one else had done the same out of simple perversity. There's an entire subset of gamers who live online to do nothing but grief and glitch every game they come across. What happens if I do this? Or this? How about this? There's no chance our guy did that first. I also did not buy the empty library where the populace has apparently just... stopped researching the guy at the very center of their culture. Again, if that's in the book, it makes no sense there either. The two most major, badass MF'er's in the Oasis live tha-a-at far away from each other. And are both age appropriate to one another and super-cute. Y'know, like gamers everywhere are. I quickly checked out of the story and wished it were as good with it's nostalgia porn as Wreck-It Ralph had been...

Back to Top profile | search e-mail
 
Conrad Teves
Byrne Robotics Member


Joined: 28 January 2014
Location: United States
Posts: 1456
Posted: 05 April 2018 at 7:17pm | IP Logged | 11 post reply

Brian, the puzzles in the book are very different.  I note the movie is devoid of Wizard of The Coast IP (I suppose they couldn't get it), which was central to the first puzzle:


 INVISO TEXT (Click or highlight to reveal):
In the book, the first puzzle involves an old D&D module called "The Tomb of Horrors" and has Wade locating the replica of the Tomb somewhere on the planet where his public school is. It ends up with Wade playing Joust against the demi-lich Acererak from the module.
All of the research he needed to do could be done anywhere, and as narrative in a book it reads fine, but for a movie the Library metaphor was perhaps a better choice.  People stopped researching because after five years, no one had had the slightest amount of success, and most thought it impossible to find the Egg.  They could emphasized that better in the movie, but it's already 2:19 long, and I don't know how much it would have really helped.
One thing the movie doesn't do is really reinforce how big a simulation the Oasis is.  Thousands of full-size planets (many dangerous), and the egg is hidden somewhere in all that.  A giant dangerous Universe where everyone was playing in Survival Mode with character perma-death as default.
I did really enjoy the "zeroing out" section at the front of the movie.  That was new too.
As for the destruction of the stacks, I think there was a trade-off to give Art3mis much more agency than she has in the book.  At least for a while, all of the danger is focused squarely on Wade, and only peripherally on his friends, and I think they were trying to spread that around some for the film.  
I'm not going to claim the movie is perfectly built, but I think I get why certain changes were made.


Can we get a spoiler note for the thread?

Speaking of shout-outs in the movie, I was pleased to see Warren Robinett got no less than three by name.
Back to Top profile | search | www e-mail
 
Matt Reed
Byrne Robotics Security

Robotmod

Joined: 16 April 2004
Posts: 32221
Posted: 05 April 2018 at 7:46pm | IP Logged | 12 post reply

Feel free to discuss without the use of inviso-text because a SPOILER warning has been added to the subject line.
Back to Top profile | search
 
Bill Mimbu
Byrne Robotics Member


Joined: 14 April 2008
Location: United States
Posts: 6875
Posted: 05 April 2018 at 10:24pm | IP Logged | 13 post reply

Robbie The Robot appears as a toy in The Oasis recreation of the young Halliday's room near the end, and as a full size replica (that JB should be familiar with) the final scene of the movie.

MechaGodzilla appears to be based upon the 2014 GODZILLA, incorporating elements from all three versions of Mecha-G, instead of just the MFS-3 Kiryu (from GODZILLA AGAINST MECHAGODZILLA) that appeared in the book.

Back to Top profile | search
 
Mark McKay
Byrne Robotics Member


Joined: 16 April 2004
Location: United States
Posts: 1679
Posted: 06 April 2018 at 7:43am | IP Logged | 14 post reply

Saw this movie last weekend while battling serious jet lag getting back from Tokyo. My kids and I loved this movie. So entertaining. And really, a classic Spielberg plot and ending.

My wife however, felt the movie was about 30 minutes too long, and that the extended battle scene could have been much shorter. Than again, she dozed off during the movie as well (jet lag).
Back to Top profile | search e-mail
 
David Miller
Byrne Robotics Member


Joined: 16 April 2004
Posts: 1982
Posted: 06 April 2018 at 7:00pm | IP Logged | 15 post reply

I think I would have loved this if it were 90 minutes. Like WARCRAFT, this was like an adaptation of the parts of video games I usually skip when I play video games, like the car races and fricking puzzle solving. Some great film-making, because Spielberg has become the kind of filmmaker whose mastery of craft can overcompensate for his worst instincts.
Back to Top profile | search | www e-mail
 
Bill Mimbu
Byrne Robotics Member


Joined: 14 April 2008
Location: United States
Posts: 6875
Posted: 06 April 2018 at 9:25pm | IP Logged | 16 post reply

Not sure if we're allowed to post Facebook or Twitter links, so sharing the image first:

Japanese RPO poster by famed kaiju artist Yuji Kaida



Yuji Kaida Facebook Link
Back to Top profile | search
 
Matt Reed
Byrne Robotics Security

Robotmod

Joined: 16 April 2004
Posts: 32221
Posted: 06 April 2018 at 11:13pm | IP Logged | 17 post reply

 David Miller wrote:
 Like WARCRAFT, this was like an adaptation of the parts of video games I usually skip when I play video games, like the car races and fricking puzzle solving.

So you hate both first person and puzzle solving?  You play video games...why?

I joke...to a degree.  But video games have always, at their heart, been about solving puzzles.  That's their base.  From Pong to Pac-Man to Centipede to Space Invaders to Joust to Tempest to Sonic and all the Mario games up to the most recent iterations of Hitman and Wolfinstein, they're all about puzzles.  Even first person shooters are puzzles in disguise.  Routes. Maps. All solved by finding the exact way to do a certain thing.  That's a puzzle.  To say you "skip" the puzzle function of games makes no sense.  They are puzzles. And games don't generally let you skip levels you don't like. You literally can't get beyond levels of TOMB RAIDER and UNCHARTED, not to mention open world games like SKYRIM and HORIZON: ZERO DAWN, without solving puzzles. So...what are you saying, exactly? You like Solitaire?  Best. Game. Ever.?!?
Back to Top profile | search
 
David Miller
Byrne Robotics Member


Joined: 16 April 2004
Posts: 1982
Posted: 07 April 2018 at 2:11am | IP Logged | 18 post reply

I like killing monsters with a sword, or my bare hands. I don't have the patience for a Rubik's Cube. 
Back to Top profile | search | www e-mail
 
Dave Kopperman
Byrne Robotics Member


Joined: 27 December 2004
Location: United States
Posts: 1629
Posted: 08 April 2018 at 9:33am | IP Logged | 19 post reply

Was anybody else impressed with how flawless Simon Pegg's American accent was?  It was so good that when his character first popped up on screen (I didn't know he was in the movie) in one of the journal entries and didn't have any dialogue, I thought, oh, cool, Simon Pegg.  But then when he spoke, not only was the accent dead on but he changed his register and rhythms so that I genuinely wondered if it actually WAS Simon Pegg for a little while.

Edited by Dave Kopperman on 08 April 2018 at 10:26am
Back to Top profile | search | www
 
Rick Whiting
Byrne Robotics Member


Joined: 22 April 2004
Posts: 1645
Posted: 08 April 2018 at 2:32pm | IP Logged | 20 post reply

this movie was really good.
Back to Top profile | search
 
Shaun Barry
Byrne Robotics Member


Joined: 08 December 2008
Location: United States
Posts: 5571
Posted: 08 April 2018 at 3:55pm | IP Logged | 21 post reply


Just caught it, with my 7-year old son...

We both had a ball.  Personally, I found the film a little uninvolving, character- and plot-wise, and the CGI effects and computer worlds are sometimes like sensory overload on steriods, riddled with ADD... there is almost just too much to take in all on once.

Having said that, I'm still right in that sweet spot (age-wise) to have gotten most of the music, movie, TV, toy and videogame references.  Nothing too deep going on here, and just a ton of fun.  I had a smile on my face for almost the entire time.

(Nice to see Spielberg make another crowdpleaser, after the strangely inert B.F.G.)




Back to Top profile | search
 
Fabrice Renault
Byrne Robotics Member


Joined: 15 April 2004
Location: France
Posts: 3067
Posted: 10 April 2018 at 4:43am | IP Logged | 22 post reply

The parts in the video game are (of course) pure eye-candy for many of us (someone used the term "porn-geek" somewhere), but the story itself is pretty average, and I found the scenes in the real world rather bland. Some aspects of being in the game vs being in the real world aren't logical as well.
In the end, I think it will still be dissected frame by frame to find all references. But other than that...
Back to Top profile | search
 
James Woodcock
Byrne Robotics Member


Joined: 21 September 2007
Location: United Kingdom
Posts: 4390
Posted: 20 April 2018 at 11:07pm | IP Logged | 23 post reply

Just seen it and loved it. So many references, but above all, loved seeing Serenity on the screen again, and in slightly more than a fly by.

Lord I miss that ship

So much nostalgia in this film, and humour. The audience laughed pretty much all the way through and there were so many points where different members could be heard making noises as something the recognised appeared. Was interesting to see that we each clicked to different bits of the nostalgia depending on what we knew.
Back to Top profile | search e-mail
 

If you wish to post a reply to this topic you must first login
If you are not already registered you must first register

<< Prev Page of 2
  Post Reply | Post New Topic |

Forum Jump

 Active Topics | Member List | Search | Help | Register | Login

You are currently viewing the MOBILE version of the site.
CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE FULL SITE