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Sorry if I got excited about the 80s and pop culture, but when talent is at the service of entertainment and well used, these things happen.
A typical discussion with friends in relation to some films is about whether a particular scene was copied or stolen from another film, or was recreated paying a kind of homage to the film (or the director) of the original.
When one sees the sequence of the stairs and the stroller with the baby in “The Untouchables” (1987, Brian de Palma) it becomes clear that this is a recreation of the Odessa Staircase in “The Battleship Potemkin” (1925, Sergei Eisenstein). It also happens with the particular titles of “Star Wars” (1977, George Lucas) emulating those of “Flash Gordon” of 1940 (F. Beebe, R, Taylor) or the multiple references of “La Land” (2017, Damien Chazelle) to “Singing in the Rain” (1952, Gene Kelly, S. Donen).
Why are we talking about this? Because “Ready Player One”, directed by Steven Spielberg, is a huge collection of characters and scenes from the 80s. We could say that Spielberg made a film about the future and virtual reality, filling it with the cinema of the past, whose decade was marked by fire by him and several of his fellow friends.
Before we get into “Ready Player...” it's good to remember the prolific 80s, where Hollywood cinema did wonders with a group of directors, in which I think Steven was a reference and spearhead. Robert Zemeckis with his “Back to the Future”, Joe Dante and the “Grenlims”, John Landis with “The Blues Brothers” and “The American Werewolf”, “ET” and “Indiana Jones” directed by Spielberg himself (beyond having produced other jewels of the time, such as “Roger Rabbit” and “Poltergeist”).
Well, all that spirit is in “Ready Player One”, but with the current vibe: fun for teens and young people and also for the 80s and 90s. As often happens in cinema, we see a futuristic world that is hard but loaded with technology, where virtual reality is the escape to a better life (it doesn't sound weird) and a corporation dominates the miseries and possibilities of the community.
And there appears the eighties world, both in music and in the theme, but also with many presences of Pop culture, such as Freddy Krueger, Tron, Chucky, Jurassic Park, King Kong, RoboCop, video game characters and, having races, could not miss the Batimovil, the Mach 5 of “Meteoro” and the DeLorean of “Back to the Future”, which runs the protagonist. Ah, if that wasn't enough, there's a time-travel object called “Cube Zemeckis”.
But the most remarkable of all these presences is the great sequence that takes place in the hotel of “The Glow” (1980, Stanley Kubrick), with many of its memorable moments, obviously well integrated into our futuristic history.
Sorry if I got excited about the 80s and pop culture, but when talent is at the service of entertainment and well used, these things happen. Ah, “Ready Player One” is good; it's a lot of fun.
Publication Date: 06/06/2018
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