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Steven Spielberg's "Ready Player One," a rollicking virtual-world geekfest flooded by '80s ephemera, doesn't just want to wade back into the past.At the film's SXSW premiere, Spielberg introduced "Ready Player One" as a "movie," not a "film".Spielberg, too, is here turning back the clock – just four months after releasing his well-timed ode to the freedom of the press, "The Post" – with a thrill-ride spectacle that harkens back to his pre-"Schindler's List" days and the more popcorn-friendly flights of movie magic that Spielberg conjured before focusing on more "serious" tales.The funny, sometimes awkward irony of "Ready Player One" is that Spielberg isn't just making a movie like his old movies. He's making a movie awash with his old movies. "Ready Player One" could conceivably be titled "Spielberg: The Remix".As eye-popping as is the kaleidoscopic OASIS – a shinier, bigger-budget, less funny pop-culture soup than the one stirred in "The Lego Movie" – "Ready Player One" is best when it keeps a foot in to the real world.If choosing between vintage Spielberg and meta Spielberg, I still – not to sound too fanboy-ish about it – prefer the genuine article.
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