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Back to the Future Ready Player One mode.

Well, all that spirit is in "Ready Player One", but with the current vibe
06 June, 2018

A typical discussion with friends about some movies is whether a particular scene was copied or stolen from another movie, or recreated by paying some sort of tribute to the film (or director) of the original.

When you see the sequence of the stairs and the stroller with the baby in “The Untouchables” (1987, Brian de Palma), it is clear that it is a recreation of the Odessa Staircase in “The Potemkin Dreadnought” (1925, Sergéi Eisenstein). It also includes the particular titles of “Star Wars” (1977, George Lucas), emulating those of “Flash Gordon” from 1940 (F. Beebe, R, Taylor) or the many references from “La 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 friends.

Before we get into “Ready Player…” it’s good to remember the prolific 1980s, when Hollywood cinema did wonders for a group of directors, in which I think Steven was a reference and a 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 the “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 those of the 80s and 90s. As is often the case in film, we see a tough but technology-laden futuristic world, where virtual reality is the escape to a better life (it doesn’t sound strange) and a corporation dominates the miseries and possibilities of the community.

And there the world of the eighties appears, both in music and in the subject matter, but also with many pop culture presences, such as Freddy Krueger, Tron, Chucky, Jurassic Park, King Kong, RoboCop, videogame characters and, with races, the Batmobile, the Mach 5 of “Meteoro” and the DeLorean of “Volver al Futuro”, which the protagonist manages, could not be missing. Oh, to top it off, there’s a time travel object called the Zemeckis Cube.

But the most remarkable of all these presences is the great sequence that takes place in the hotel of “The Shining” (1980, Stanley Kubrick), with many of its memorable moments, obviously, well integrated into our futuristic history.

Sorry if I got excited about the 80’s 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 very enjoyable.

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