Now this film wasn’t on my radar until my brother mentioned it to me a couple of weeks ago, in fact I was going to spend my Good Friday in the cinema with my mother watching the much loved Peter Rabbit, but ultimately this film seemed more popular amongst my parents, and brother thus we traveled to see it, unfortunately the friday turned to monday, due my brother being rather hungover, and him unable to stay in the car for more than ten minutes.
So with the take two chance, I wasn’t excited to go see the film, because well I wanted to go on Friday, and should have gone with my mother to watch Peter Rabbit, in hindsight. It’s strange because this film is more like my sort of movie than that of my family, though my brother would disagree due to the video game aspect. I spend much of my freetime reading, writing and watching about dystopian fiction, so this is something that maybe I would have loved more on the journey leading up to it, if I had been following the film, but like i said I didn’t, it was my brother who had been pushing for it.
Now I am a big fan on Steven Spielberg, I’m a girl who studied media and therefore he seemed as some sort of god to us that study such things. I had only watched the trailer once, something which I try and do with film I’m watching in cinema, because often they have so many versions, and give the impression of having watched the film before you have actually seen it.
Moving on, this film is filled with a huge range of pop culture, which is something which is very marmite, but in this type of film, those little pulp culture references are crucial to the heart of the movie, from Peter Parker and Batman, to the Breakfast Club to The Shinning to Duran Duran. The hero of the film, in my personal opinion had the same charm of Peter Parker, who is one of my favourite ulta egos amongst the superheroes of marvel and DC, but not the Andrew Garfield version, he is far too cool to be better Peter Parker.
For those who are unaware of the premist it is set a little bit in the future where people send more time living in virtual reality with their 3D head sets, and full body suits, making you feel everything your avatar is feeling in their little computer generated world. The world, like most of theses stories is on the verge of collapse.
Now, the whole VR taking over the whole world is a common conversation amongst certain groups of people, I’ve found myself having conversations while drunk about such things. However, with films (Well in this case a book, because it is based on a book, while I will be sure to read as soon as possible.) there is always a twist. You see the creator of this VR world died five years before this is set, but he left a message saying the first person to get the three keys, and thus find the easter egg, those who know their video games will be able to work out the last key whereabouts without watching any of the film. The one who gets the easter egg gets to control this VR world, which is pretty much dominating the current world. Like any film there is of course and organisation they are battling to win this competition and want to make this place and the world their own personal kingdom.
The use of technology, the idea of VR, a great cast and a story which is both engaging and, for those who have logic and pop culture knowledge, you can find yourself figuring out the clues before the beloved characters. Unlike, other dystopian books, and/ or films this is not as far fetch as them, due to the rate that technology is drastically advancing.
Would I say this is my favourite film? No, but in this particular genre it is miles and miles ahead of those beside it. I would still give this a solid 4.5/5 because it is witty, clever and charming in every way, and who doesn’t love a good battle of good vs evil.