The timing is just about right for “Ready Player One”. Steven Speilberg’s latest popcorn adventure (an adaptation of the Ernest Cline novel of same name) is hitting at arguably the zenith of the on-going retro and pop culture obsession that has taken the world in its comforting arms. With that in mind, your enjoyment of the movie will depend on how invested you are in said retro movement.
What if Disney made a horror movie? No, really think about that for a moment. Visualise what that might be like, the stunning attention to detail, the costumes, props and eye-popping sets and special effects. Now add the darkness, not Disney darkness mind you, although they are quite dark at times I guess, but real visceral macabre stuff. Are you getting the picture? Good, then you’re somewhat close to where “The Shape of Water” is.
This week sees the release of the latest installment in the Star Wars saga, The Last Jedi. Star Wars is a special thing for me personally. Like many others I have never known life without it. It has been a companion in some form since infancy. At times it was the centre of my entire universe and days without the battle of the heroic rebel alliance against Darth Vader and the evil empire whether on-screen or on a bedroom floor, were not true days at all.