Brush off those 80’s movies and experiences as there are more references in here than you may remember! And, if you haven’t seen The Shinning, you might want to before watching. Special effects are great as you are bolted in and out of a video game and reality. Avatars are very lifelike. There are a ton of messages and comments about society wrapped up with a fun action adventure and of course, it wouldn’t be Spielberg to let us go without touching our heartstrings, innocent romance. He tries really hard to have something for every generation from some baby boomers through Gen Z and men/women/boys/girls. All is great – music, cinematography, actors – just a bit long in some parts and a bit too much of a commercial for the inevitable game to accompany it! Date night yes, may as well bring the kids as you can also watch it with the fam., but not the grandparents.
They say this is a psychological thriller but, I wasn’t thrilled. It seems the director (who also wrote it) was in cahoots with the musician in trying to make an interesting premise weird and eerie. The writer / director was lucky to have good actors and the poor actors did what they could to contribute but yesh. Feel badly saying this as I’m sure there is a market for this film but, I’m not part of it so, not a date night worthy movie for me.
This one wants to be a Disney film. Most of it is sweet. Many lines are predictable – Julia Roberts is almost too perfect making her a bit distant and unbelievable. The kids are as good as one would expect. Message points are of course on target and yes a tear was shed by the end. However, is it worth the money to see it on the big screen or can you wait and stream it. Thinking it’s a wait and stream or see it with kid(s), making it not really date night worthy.