Agree, disagree or a mixture of both, this review is deep and intense: Ready Player One: A Study in Generational Media Colonization.
Every once in awhile, a film or another piece of media stumbles across the popular psyche, one that has the capacity to reveal what is truly going on under the surface of the cultural zeitgeist. In this piece, I will not attempt to do a thorough regurgitation of Ready Player One, the latest Spielberg Hollywood CGI-monstrosity of grand escapism, and a PG-13 fun-for-the-whole-family epic. Spielberg has become the mainstay director of Hollywood. His formulaic style is the apotheosis of current culture industry standards, so you can guess as to how the plot of RP1 moves along. Instead, this review will highlight several key themes, both latent and manifest, and conclude that, as a piece of Postmodern media, RP1 encapsulates where our culture is, and where our culture in the West is heading. RP1 is especially important in terms of capturing our unique generational moment: the twilight between our Western world being dominated by the influence of from the Boomers to the influence of Millennials.