2 years in the making blockbuster from Hollywood superstar Steven Spielberg features the most groundbreaking CGI ever put to screen. What for, you may ask? The director reportedly spent 3 hours 3 times a week at ILM to oversee post-production.
The name itself creates high expectations. Steven Spielberg has become a trademark of good – if not excellent – filmmaking, and when
Ready Player One sets the bar high when it comes to the use of motion capture, just as Jurassic Park set the bar high for computer generated images back in 1993. In short, Spielberg proved once again that his understanding of the cinematic language and its tools was unprecedented and crafted the greatest action sequences one can see. Take the first challenge,
Spielberg proved once again that his understanding of the cinematic language and its tools was unprecedented and crafted the greatest action sequences one can see.
Spielberg is also an author and proves just that in the second challenge when Parzival and his fellow gunthers visit the Overlook Hotel from Stanley Kubrick’s horror masterpiece The Shining. This choice is by no means innocent. Spielberg and Kubrick were long-time friends and the latter asked Spielberg to direct one of his project, which he eventually did after Kubrick’s death when he wrote, produced and directed A.I. Artificial Intelligence. In the book, the characters are visiting the Voight-kampff scene from Blade Runner in which Deckard meets Rachel for the first time. I’m sure that Spielberg changed the setting to pay homage to his late friend. And what an homage! The Overlook Hotel looks like it’s coming straight-up from the 1980 film. What’s more, he add the bright idea to bring in a character that never saw the film, thus using him as a character the audience can relate to. The scene is masterfully handled, recreating shots from Kubrick’s film that are pixel-perfect and building the suspense with clever easter eggs for the fans.
I had a blast with Ready Player One. In a time when nostalgia fills our screens through remakes, reboots, sequels,