Can Spielberg Remember How to Have Fun?

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Lastly, on the topic of nostalgia, I thought I'd add this profile of Steven Spielberg that Brooks Barnes did back in March of this year (ahead of the release of Ready Player One):

“That’s why I don’t sit down and look at my movies on a movie screen after I’ve made them. Sometimes it’s years before I will even dare look at a movie again, and sometimes I’ll shut it off after five minutes.” He looked out the window.
“I have this scary image, which haunts me, of Gloria Swanson sitting in her living room watching her glory days,” he continued, referencing “Sunset Boulevard.” “And I’ve always said to myself, ‘I’ll never catch myself reminiscing nostalgically.’”

And:

“In all my early films, from ‘Jaws’ to ‘Raiders’ to ‘E.T.’, I was telling the story from a seat in the theater — from the audience, for the audience — and I haven’t done that in a long time,” Mr. Spielberg said. “I haven’t really done that since ‘Jurassic Park,’ and that was in the ’90s.”

I enjoyed Ready Player One. It's fun, and extremely nostalgic -- it's truly impressive how many winks to the past Spielberg crammed in, and it's something undoubtedly only he could have done given all the IP involved -- but not great. It would be great to see great and fun again. Bonus points if that happens to redeem the last Indiana Jones movie...

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