Last night the Princess and I went to the Dollar Movie in Plano to see the new Spielberg epic, Ready Player One. (Yes, I know the movie cost $2.70 apiece, but it is still called the Dollar Movie.) We were blown away with unbridled enthusiasm. (Enthusiasm takes the place of wind, right?) For me, the story brought back everything I loved about the 80’s and early 90’s. The movie is filled with cultural references to things like the Iron Giant, Mortal Combat, Mobile Suit Gundam, and even the Ninja Turtles. For the Princess it brought the gaming world and its online possibilities to a sort of fantasy reality that gamers are already beginning to step into. She wants to be a maker of anime, a game designer, or an animator, and is already well on her way to becoming that.
The story is about a future dystopia where life as it actually is is so much worse than the life you can live inside the virtual game world, where life is what you want it to be in your wildest fantasies.
And the plot revolves around gambling on your fantasy game skills to overcome the corporate cleptocracy with a magnificent all-or-nothing gamble to find the three keys and win the world.
And in many ways, this techno-virtual-fantasy story is absolutely relevant to the lives we are living at this very moment. Trump’s cleptocracy is determined to take everything away from us, healthcare, clean drinking water, freedom of speech, and many other things, so that he and his corporate villain-friends can squeeze more profits out of our decline and suffering. We are living in a real world that will soon resemble the mundane real world of the movie. And we need to be prepared to fight back in a world as foreign to the world of the 1950’s as the world inside a video game is to the world inside a Shirley Temple movie. Things have changed. And we need to change too to survive and thrive in the future.
There’s probably little hope left for me to make the massive adaptations facing the people of the near future. I try to get rewired and ready. I bought a new mouse today make the writing of this post possible. But I have little doubt that my children will be up to the task.
This is a movie review. And I think it is clear that I am suggesting you should see it. I never write reviews on movies I don’t like. And I liked this one immensely. But don’t let my opinion sway you. This is a movie you really have to experience for yourself.