Alright, so continuing with the general theme of games this week (last week it was toys), the focus is on video, arcade and board games. Now, I struggled with this a bit because I had one recommendation in my mind but past that, I had to think really hard. And alright, I had to go through my Letterboxd list because I couldn’t think of any. But in the end, I did it, and I actually have an extra special recommendation for a movie that won’t come out until 2018!
Part of me would like to recommend the first Tron movie, but I haven’t seen it, and I think part of the Tron: Legacy appeal was lost to the fact that I was a little unaware of it being a sequel. But I still enjoyed the movie to some extent. It has a pretty strong connection to video games, being a movie that takes place in the virtual world. This movie is not perfect, I knew that going in, but it was fun and it was entertaining. And I mean, the visuals are great, and worth a watch alone!
Not going to lie, I had almost forgotten about this 2012 animation that brought together all kinds of games, old-school included. It has so many characters that have a connections to arcade and video games, that it is the most obvious choice for this category. I don’t even know why I didn’t think of it immediately, because I don’t really have anything bad to say about it. It’s great fun, it’s funny and it has such a great message.
I left the movie I thought of immediately to be the last recommendation because I didn’t want it to shadow the other picks. Jumanji is a well-known family adventure movie featuring one of the greats, Robin Williams. I remember watching it as a kid and thinking it was a little scary, yet, over the years, I have started to appreciate it’s bold story telling, the element of action, and the underlining fear of seeing this board game having some serious rules. It’s one of my favourite movies, and I don’t talk about it enough!
I was a little surprised when this week’s topic brought to mind an upcoming movie, but I have read the book it’s based so, so it’s not that surprising after all. Ready Player One is being directed by Steven Spielberg, and its entire plot revolves around video and arcade games. If it’s half as good as the book, it’s going to be a great sci-fi movie in 2018, and hopefully it manages to capture the spirit of the book. So keep your eyes open for this one, guys!
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