Good or New Movies Review



  • Happy gunting! (If you are in the US.)

    Didn't know where to put this, but Ready Player One released digitally today, and it was a good movie?


  • Pitcrew

    Ant-man and the Wasp. If you enjoyed the first one, you'll like the sequel. Micheal Pena is amazing.


  • Pitcrew

    I second what @Macha said. The two movies are so close in terms of quality I can't decide which one I like better. And Michael Pena does steal the show a bit.


  • Pitcrew

    @zombiegenesis I totally love the guy. I would love to see him in more things, because he's just fantastic.


  • Coder

    @insomnia said in Good or New Movies Review:

    Didn't know where to put this, but Ready Player One released digitally today, and it was a good movie?

    Was it? I listened to Wil Wheaton reading the first chapter and it was so cringe worthy that I wanted to stab scissors into my ears. I gave it to the end of the chapter but I was turned off pretty much immediately.

    Oh, and also I don’t find Wil’s voice very easy to listen to. He’s okay I guess, but it wasn’t comfortable.

    If the movie is very much different than the book then I’ll give it a shot for images of Our Cyberpunk Future.


  • Coder

    @thenomain I've never listened to Wil Wheaton read anything, cuz, I am not a fangirl of his, but I did enjoy the book reading it myself. I haven't seen the movie yet.


  • Pitcrew

    Ant-Man and the Wasp totally a bunch of fun! Really enjoyed it. Some nice lighter fare from Marvel after the intensity of Infinity War.



  • @thenomain I liked the movie. I also liked the book itself as well. It's a good adaptation. There's a lot of things they had to change, mostly for the licensing I would guess. The music probably has the most change as it played a big part in the book, and they've changed the movie to be an ensemble rather than just from one character's point of view, and they added alot more horror elements, which I'm always a fan of. One thing they changed which was a major spoiler for the book was pretty much spoiled by the poster, but it was still a surprise and it fit the movie. Spielberg kept to his promise and didn't put himself in all over the place like he could have.

    Definitely do need to read the book and watch the movies as separate entities though because while the main points are all there you can enjoy each and never try the other, but still get the whole story.

    I ended up seeing this 3 times because I went to the theatre for my birthday and saw it in 3D, and then a couple more times at the drive-in because it was the other movie a couple of times. Every time I see some easter egg or a character I missed the first time. Both the movie and the book are geekiness smothered in nostalgia.


  • Pitcrew

    @jaded It is pretty much what my wife said to me. "Isn't this just Die Hard?"



  • @thenomain The book came off as sexist garbage to me. Very much a pre-Gamergate sort of attitude.


  • Pitcrew

    So this thread inspired me to watch Ready Player One and I have to say I thought it was pretty fantastic. It's definitely a love letter to the 80's and geek culture in general, so if you can't get on board with that you're likely not to have the best of times,. As a child of the 80's, however, I had a blast watching it. I thought it did a great job of paying tribute to geek culture while also creating some very interesting characters unique to the movie. Two thumbs up from me.


  • Coder

    @insomnia said in Good or New Movies Review:

    There's a lot of things they had to change, mostly for the licensing I would guess.

    And because the target audience would simply not understand why the beginning riff to Dead Man's Party is so iconic to us 80s pop culture nerds.

    Hell, I had to search harder to find a version with the trumpet sting intro that is described as pretty much the first thing.

    If they did this in the movie, good on them, but I just cringed my way into not wanting to read/listen to the book by how it was described HOW COOL IT WAS (omg)!

    Blech.


  • Pitcrew

    I haven't read Ready Player One, but I did watch the movie. If I had to read a book with all the references that I saw in the movie written out I would toss the thing out the window before page 3. It's a lot easier to digest that sort of shit visually than in text, for me. I also understand they changed a bunch of things.


  • Coder

    @coin They did change quite a lot actually, but the /feel/ of it was very similar. I quite enjoyed the movie, watched it twice the day I got it and will probably watch it again. I really enjoyed it. I also enjoyed the book too but maybe I was just it's target audience being born in the early 70's so the 80's were when my memories really start to be reliable. I know people who claim to remember kindergarten and such but I remember like... 2 powerful memories from that time period.



  • @coin Things that have changed are the gates themselves and going from one point of view to an ensemble. So for example the third gate in the movie, but imagine it as Wade playing the main character of War Games, or playing as a live action version of a video game character in character. Finding the gates was different as well; finding the third one involved Rush's 2012.

    As I said earlier, a lot had to be changed because of rights I suspect, as a good deal of things are now Warner Brothers references, or Spielberg references. They added a lot in though. The other major reason would be of course the VR aspect of it all. Not only was the book a PoV of one character so you got his thoughts, but because of VR the reader actually could see through the character's eyes were seeing it.

    Same plot but definitely an adaptation but enough to make them each stand out as their own thing. But if you go from one to the other expecting things to be the same, you will be disappointed.


  • Pitcrew

    @thenomain So today, I had to explain Oingo Boingo to someone. I even sang some of dead man's party, but to no avail. Just love that intro.