From filmmaker Steven Spielberg comes the science fiction action adventure “Ready Player One,” based on Ernest Cline’s bestseller of the same name, which has become a worldwide phenomenon.
The film is set in 2045, with the world on the brink of chaos and collapse. But the people have found salvation in the OASIS, an expansive virtual reality universe created by the brilliant and eccentric James Halliday (Mark Rylance). When Halliday dies, he leaves his immense fortune to the first person to find a digital Easter egg he has hidden somewhere in the OASIS, sparking a contest that grips the entire world. When an unlikely young hero named Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan) decides to join the contest, he is hurled into a breakneck, reality-bending treasure hunt through a fantastical universe of mystery, discovery and danger.
Director: Steven Spielberg
Written by: Zak Penn
Rating Tag: Must See
Pros: A nostalgic movie for all things nerdy. A triumph of its time.
Cons: 3D is not as necessary as they would like you to believe, Soundtrack is somewhat derivative.
Ready Player One review
Ready Player one is a nerds greatest fantasy, and if you haven’t read the book don’t worry, Spielberg makes one of the greatest book-movie adaptations in recent memory. While the book was primarily a call back to 80’s culture, the movie is more cross-generational in that it moves flawlessly from Gundam, Halo, and Overwatch cameos -> to Back to the Future and Star Trek references -> to a zero gravity dance scene set to the Bee Gees ‘Stayin Alive’. Ready Player One has nearly every media minded reference you can imagine mixed with top notch CGI and a plot that translates perfectly into a film (no poorly executed dues ex machinas) that shows not every movie based on a book is orders of magnitude worse. (Let’s be honest, Enders Game movie was trash). If you read Ernest Cline’s book, the film’s scenery matches what you imagined. Kind of like when Harry, Ron, and Hermione on screen somehow looked exactly how you thought they would when you read the book. The 3D features were cool but largely not all that necessary (per usual) and the soundtrack was very ‘Spielbergy’ (if that makes sense). But if you like games, movies, TV, or are a self-proclaimed nerd you will absolutely love this movie, and this time you don’t need to read the book to get the best version of the story.
Actors Performance: 8
Overall Rating: 8.5
Review by Lumumba Mutua