On today’s episode of Film Club, A.V. Club film editor A.A. Dowd and staff critic Ignatiy Vishnevetsky sit down to discuss Ready Player One, the adaptation of the divisive novel by Ernest Kline, and the latest event from Hollywood’s blockbuster godfather, Steven Spielberg. Ready Player One imagines a bleak, ashen future where humanity has stopped trying to solve problems and is just trying to survive them, escaping despair by plugging into The Oasis, an expansive VR world that provides ample opportunity for reinvention and wish fulfillment. But is the movie a proper escape from our own dystopian world?

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