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A typical discussion with friends about some films is whether a certain scene was copied or stolen from another film, or was recreated paying a kind 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 “Los Untouchables” (1987, Brian de Palma) it becomes clear that it is a recreation of the Odessa Staircase in “The Battleship Potemkin” (1925, Sergéi Eisenstein). It also happens with the particular titles of “Star Wars” (1977, George Lucas) emulating those of “Flash Gordon” from 1940 (F. Beebe, R, Taylor) or the multiple 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 sample 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 peers friends.
Before we get into “Ready Player...” it is good to remember the prolific 80's, 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 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 wave: fun for teenagers and young people and also for the 80s and 90s. As often happens in cinema, we see a futuristic world that is hard but charged with technology, 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 appears the eighties world, both in music and 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 Batimobile, the Mach 5 of “Meteor” and the DeLorean's “Back to the Future”, which the protagonist manages. Ah: if that were not enough, there is an object to travel in time called “Cube Zemeckis”.
But the most notable of all those presences is the great sequence given 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 was excited about the 80's and Pop culture, but when talent is served by entertainment and well used, these things happen. Ah, “Ready Player One” is good; it's really enjoyed.
Publication Date: 06/06/2018
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