With the impending release of Ready Player One, all eyes are on Steven Spielberg. This narrative surrounding the film is that it is the man who invented the summer blockbuster returning to the genre he hasn't really dabbled in since War of the Worlds back in 2005. While that isn't exactly true (bear with me), it is a monumental release, nonetheless.
Spielberg is one of the definitive directors not just of our age, but of cinema history, period. He has given audience over four decades of great material, a feat that hardly any other director can even come close to matching. But part of the reason that Ready Player One is such a monumental occasion is that it is a decidedly different kind of film than the ones Spielberg has specialized in as of late.
While he used to be a go-to action/adventure or science-fiction director, Spielberg has almost exclusively been focused on creating grounded historical dramas for the past decade. This shift in interest is one the director himself has categorized as moving from making 'movies' to making 'films'.
But here's the thing, no-one makes blockbuster 'movies' like Spielberg does.