March 16, 2018
I enjoyed the book and was excited that the reviews coming in were not vicious. I'll be honest, I had low expectations and it hit about where I had expected. The novel is a nerd's fantasy that years of useless obsession will be the exact thing needed to make him a hero and save the universe. Like when Fry had to save earth from Nintendu64.
Spielberg bring in hi heavy handed schmaltz and pumps up side characters to make the story more about the power of friendship. It comes off more as a teen adventure movie, albeit better than most and would happily watch this over Hunger Games or Twilight any day.
Brave to make a teen franchise movie with no clear sequels. But like Tron Legacy, they stripped what made the story interesting in hopes of making mass appealing – instead it is just boring and formulaic.
As players hunt for clues that seem obvious, it comes off more like a well budgeted Where in the World is Carmen San Diego than the epic quest it could have been.