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Steven Spielberg and the Throwback Sensation of 'Ready Player One'
An in-depth review of why Steven Spielberg might have created the greatest throwback film of all time in 'Ready Player One'.
As the world waits in anticipation for the Summer blockbuster season, one film is certainly garnering more attention than any other.
After Ready Player One made its' adrenaline-packed rounds through the SXSW festival this past month, a slew of critic reactions and reviews came pouring in-bringing both love and hatred for the film, and thus creating a polarizing image of Spielberg's much-hyped film.
In our digital-centric age, some couldn't help heaping their highest praises on the film, enjoying its throwbacks to early video games and movies, with one critic calling it, "... the epitome of a fan film", while others threw digital shade on the film questioning its place in pop culture.
While the rest of the world awaits the release of Ready Player One to form their own opinions for themselves, there is much to be excited about.
At about 45 seconds into the first trailer, you see the Delorean from Back To The Future fame. Wait it our for about another minute and you see a hugely diverse set of characters like Kong from King Kong, a Gundam and the Giant from The Iron Giant.
I kid you not, the Iron Giant has a cameo in the trailer and it is incredibly awesome. There was a time when one would have thought the metallic hero was gone, lost somewhere in the annals of pop culture history.
At first, these concepts seemed completely foreign as one might not expect Steven Spielberg to inject this much pop culture into a film. However, with some digging, we can find a treasure trove of Steven Spielberg's love for video games and pop culture.
Steven Spielberg has been quoted as saying, “I’ve been a gamer ever since 1974, where I played the first Pong game on Martha’s Vineyard while filming ‘Jaws’”. He also had a hand in making the infamous E.T. video game, as well as joining forces with LucasArts to create a point-and-click adventure game called The Dig back in the 90's. He is also credited as creating the very first Medal of Honor video game. Wicked.
So, one of the greatest filmmakers of all-time has been a gamer for over 40 years, and is making a blockbuster homage to '80s gaming and culture. Count me in.
There are also numerous photos of Spielberg next to Gaming cabinets from the '80s, no doubt providing inspiration for his future films and video games and showing that the man who created a movie about a big shark that eats people could also get down and wreck some Space Invaders.
In the trailers that have followed, we can get an idea of how saturated Ready Player One will be with throwbacks and homages to the late 20th century. Whether this is good or bad is up to you, but, one would be hard pressed to admit that it won't at least be a wild ride.
As an unabashed homage to geek culture and 80s nostalgia smorgasboard , you probably assumed Ready Player One would be...