Dear diary,

I’m currently sat in a doctor’s waiting room. I’ve been here for around 90 minutes and I think I’ve got at least another 30 minutes to wait. However, I’m not dead/dying, so a little waiting is not going to kill me.

Unless all the people I’m sat with have a highly contagious disease. Oh crap… I didn’t think about that.

This could be the end.

Fingers crossed it’s not.

Anyway, all this down time is giving me the opportunity to reflect on Ready Player One – last night’s movie of choice at the local multiplex. Yes, let’s focus on that rather than my own mortality.

First and foremost, Ready Player One was good. Of all the directors that could have steered this pop culture-packed movie, Steven Spielberg was exactly the right person for the job.

Spielberg is a master of cinema and as so many of his movies have shaped an entire generation, it seems fitting that he should be the one to present a movie which celebrates filmic achievements of the past. Good choice.

But did I love it?

No.

As much as I enjoyed Ready Player One (and I really did), I think part of the enjoyment came from all the references to films & TV shows of yesteryear. Remove those and I don’t think it would have been all that interesting.

In fact, I kind of feel that if you don’t have a good awareness of pop culture characters and geek iconography (and some people don’t) then you will come out of the movie with a different and perhaps less exciting experience. I could be wrong.

As Spielberg films go, it’s better than some, but not up there with the likes of Jurassic Park, Jaws, Schindler’s List, Raiders of the Lost Ark et al. Maybe I shouldn’t compare it. Comparisons to past, celebrated works are not always fair.

Would I recommend the movie?

Well, if I survive this doctor’s waiting room and it’s looking doubtful at best (the man sitting next to me looks very peaky) then yes, yes I would.

While it might not have ticked all the boxes for me, it’s still a fun movie regardless, especially for the right audience.

If you’re a gamer, you’ll probably like it even more. It’s another example of a movie about gaming that is better than films that are actually based on games.

Maybe Hollywood should take note when green lighting the next gaming adaptation.
And…

…Oh, wait my name has been called – I’m next. Does this mean I’ve finally levelled up?

Alex