Director: Steven Spielberg. Cast: Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn, Lena Waithe, T.J. Miller, Simon Pegg, Mark Rylance. 140 min. Rated PG-13. Adventure/Sci-fi.
I frowned at this being made by Spielberg. The man is an architect of 80's fandom - so why direct a movie to pay homage to ... himself? Even Tye Sheridan in the main role is too obvious as a young Spielberg lookalike. And while the movie is a dazzling spectacle, the innumerable 80's references are questionable: why the Back to the Future DeLorean, as opposed to any other car? One exception: a short sequence referencing iconic scenes of an iconic 80s horror movie, became one of my most fulfilling 2-minutes of the last decade. Wish the entire narrative was that relevant.