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Re: Ready Player One

I read the book several years ago. It... it's entertaining. There IS a fun story there. Way too often you have to dig for it beneath soapbox digressions into what are obviously Ernest Cline's own opinions on topics like religion and Ernie jacking himself off about all of the pop cultural minutiae he knows. It's not a great book by any stretch of the imagination, probably not even a good book. But it has heart.

(His second book, Armada, is straight-up unmitigated cynical, pandering, fanservice dreck that Ernie clearly wrote with visions of movie adaption dollars dancing in his head, with an ending so stupid it's downright insulting.)

The problem with the RP1 movie is that you can make all of these references to old movies and games and whatnot in a book and have it seem at least somewhat sincere. Especially since it was Cline's first book. You can accept that he wrote about all of this stuff because he likes it, and he got lucky and somebody published it and it found its audience of other people who like this stuff too, which maybe includes you, and that's nice, it doesn't have to be a great work of literature, it can just be a nice story for this random guy and some fun disposable brain candy.

But then... but then when you see the concept in movie form... and you see the characters and vehicles and everything from all of these media properties all together... your mind cannot avoid contemplating the number of lawyers involved and the number of billable hours they racked up putting together the licensing deals between all of the monolithic media entities that own all of this IP that made this movie possible. And then it becomes almost impossible to see this as anything other than the packaged project of a corporate partnership.

Instead of "Hey, this guy put Zork and Ultraman in here, that's kinda weird but I guess he likes Zork and Ultraman" the inescapable truth is "The current rights-holders of Zork and Ultraman both deemed it in the fiduciary interests of their investors to allow Zork and Ultraman to appear in this movie."

(Disclaimer: I don't know if Zork and Ultraman are in the movie, they are in the book so I just picked them as random examples. I would bet the movie will devote its screen time to less obscure properties.)

What can pass as earnestly offbeat in a book looks calculated and cynical in a movie.

Zork did turn up in a blockbuster recently, but not RP1 - Rian Johnson put his own Zorkmid coin from his copy of Zork I into TLJ

Middcore wrote:

Re: Ready Player One

I read the book several years ago. It... it's entertaining. There IS a fun story there. Way too often you have to dig for it beneath soapbox digressions into what are obviously Ernest Cline's own opinions on topics like religion and Ernie jacking himself off about all of the pop cultural minutiae he knows. It's not a great book by any stretch of the imagination, probably not even a good book. But it has heart.

(His second book, Armada, is straight-up unmitigated cynical, pandering, fanservice dreck that Ernie clearly wrote with visions of movie adaption dollars dancing in his head, with an ending so stupid it's downright insulting.)

Can we please stop with the hyperbole and the assumption we know the mind of authors/writers/directors?

There's enough to poke at Cline's works without having to go that route every time he, and others, are brought up.

I agree with Grenn.

That tag movie looks dumb, but a fun kind of dumb.

I feel like I should hate everything about it but I'm intrigued enough to rent it on Netflix when it eventually lands there.

Grenn wrote:

This actually looks fun.

OMG you're right, it really does.

Here's a non-leechy link to Warner...

(sorry, I can't help myself, I just hate giving views to ad revenue leeches that add no value... yeah, maybe it's an unhealthy obsession, but it's my obsession)

I kind of like the look of this. It is definitely an Alien to Aliens type of sequel but it could be good.

I saw the "Antman and the Wasp" trailer before "Black Panther".
It looks really good in a continuation of the same kind of way.

BadKen wrote:

Here's a non-leechy link to Warner...

(sorry, I can't help myself, I just hate giving views to ad revenue leeches that add no value... yeah, maybe it's an unhealthy obsession, but it's my obsession)

The way I look at it is these are commercials that the studios want to be shared. They're allowing everyone to post these and are not issuing takedowns to these YouTubers.

PaladinTom wrote:

The way I look at it is these are commercials that the studios want to be shared. They're allowing everyone to post these and are not issuing takedowns to these YouTubers.

Of course they want them spread far and wide. That doesn't make the leechy channels any less leechy. Plus I'd much rather watch just a trailer than an intro, an outro, links to other trailers on the channel, and the unblockable newish "suggested videos" feature.

There are exceptions, of course - there are channels that specialize in non-commercial movies and do other interesting things. Most of them are just click farms, though.

To each their own. I post those because I want them to continue their business of finding trailers for me so I don't have to go to each studios Youtube channel to see what they are promoting.

Slightly NSFW:

Norfair wrote:

I kind of like the look of this. It is definitely an Alien to Aliens type of sequel but it could be good.

You know about those trailers that tell the whole story? Yeah, this is one of them.

So, this is NSFW.

I'm picturing a lot of "Have you ever seen The Rain" jokes in the future.

The Rain... I uh, what?

That ain't make no got dam sense nohow.

tanstaafl wrote:

isn't it ironic?

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DO NOT WANT.

Hey, they need the money. Have you seen either of them recently?

I suppose calling it The Karate Car Salesman just doesn't have the same level of oomph.

I mean, it's an interesting premise, far more so than the Jackie Chan/ Will Smith's Kid remake. Almost like a Karate Creed.

This just looks like it had a total budget equal to one day's craft services during the remake...

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Finally, an aged white bully will show this younger generation how things really are!

I agree it's an interesting premise, but this line stands out as especially dog-whistley.

SpacePPoliceman wrote:

Finally, an aged white bully will show this younger generation how things really are!

I agree it's an interesting premise, but this line stands out as especially dog-whistley.

Oh yeah, there's that too. The line about the "pansy-ass youngsters" or whatever not knowing how to fight.... *MASSIVE EYE ROLL*

Hmm to me it felt like an interesting premise. Where a guy can get redeemed and learns from the kids he teaches about diversity and stuff and where Ralph maybe learns a lesson he has forgotten over time about being humble and modest and that Karate is for defending others.

Yeah, it's a shame YouTube Red has exhausted all the original story premises. What can they do? There's nothing left but to ladle a scoop of runny comedy out of the nostalgia bucket.