- Overall the entire cast does a pretty solid job. The thing is no one really jumps out as the standout. I will say that Ben Mendelsohn does chew the scenery quite well here as the corporate villain. What also is impressive is how he doesn’t jump to an over-the-top level, he stays right in line for you to hate him. I will also say Mark Rylance does a pretty fine job as well. Though he’s pretty much doing the same thing he did in “The BFG”. I fine this one just a little more vulnerable.
- Spielberg’s direction here has it’s hits & misses. Though I will say that the hits work at a high level. Quite possibly the best scene of the entire film is a race scene early in the film. That race scene puts Spielberg’s blocking on full display here showing the masterclass director he is. Another hit he brings is the world building. It won’t take you long until you feel yourself immersed into the “Oasis”.
- As you can expect this film has ALOT of visual effects work. And man is it gorgeous. The visual effects department does an amazing job at going for a high quality video game look. Never for a second did I see bad CGI work.
- Alan Silvestri brings one of the most exuberant scores I’ve heard in awhile. I also credit him in the helping of the world building as well.
- Though the screenplay does have many of the films problems, it does bring a couple of positives. The biggest being the theme of reclusiveness in technology. In the film it’s not just the youth doing this, but all ages. Being that the “Oasis” let’s your avatar be anything, the film works with self image on a strong level. With people showing what’s on the inside more then the outside with their avatars.
- I know a lot of people are worried about the bombardment of 80s pop culture references. I will say for the most part they work, but there are definitely a couple that bog down the film. I will say that if your a Kubrick fan like myself you will love one reference that plays a big part in the film.
- The film’s first 15-20 minutes are very exposition heavy. Deciding to tell us everything instead of showing us. The film does do this a lot. Just presenting everything for you wrapped in a bow instead of you going & getting it.
- Our two leads are also very underdeveloped. For Tye Sheridan’s character all we get is him telling us his parents are dead & pretty much just one scene with his aunt & the abusive boyfriend, that’s it. For Olivia Cooke’s character all we get is just two very short scenes learning about her self image & her family life.