Based upon the Ernest Kline novel, produced and directed by Steven Spielberg, and starring Tye Sheridan (as Parcival/Wade) and Olivia Cooke (as Art3mes/Samantha), Ready Player One involves a race to win a popular virtual reality game which takes place in a world called the OASIS. When the game’s creator (a Steve Jobs-like, genius-type, guru) dies, he releases a video challenging all OASIS users to find his Easter Egg. Set in 2045, everyone is into the game as a means of escape from their mostly dreary, dystopian lives. The winner of the game (whomever finds the Egg) will win the founder’s fortune. Parcival, Art3mes and friends must get to the Easter Egg before the evil corporate entity does.
This movie is full of so much nostalgia, it is pure fun. There are all these blasts from the past that will take you back to the 80’s. There are pop references on top of pop references and they are all enjoyable, as is the music. It’s like being a kid again and opening up Christmas presents past, and the gifts just keep on coming. This is the first movie I have reviewed that I saw in 3D that I would actually recommend you do the same. The 3D effects are beautiful and go on throughout the movie, rather than just having a few effects here and there, or being 3D heavy in the beginning and having very few in the remainder of the film. The action is exciting and well choreographed. There is suspense and humor. This movie has it all.
Here, Spielberg proves why we love him. His body of work is so diverse, it’s like the man can produce/direct anything, and you can feel how at home he is right here. Ready Player One takes us back in time, while living in the future, with a theme of going backward. Brilliant. The makeup, costume design, set design, camera work, editing, cinematography, sound, lighting, special and visual effects, were all really well done. The acting is fine with lots of endearing, and some not so endearing, potential favorite characters to choose from.
Billed as Action/Adventure/Sci-Fi, Speilberg & Co. deliver on it all. On a positive note, Ready Player One is a stand alone film that could very easily command a sequel, but doesn’t feel as though it is purposefully setting the audience up for one. The pacing of the story is steady with minimal lulls (I can’t speak for the guy behind me who was snoring 5 minutes before the movie ended), if any. The action is maintained in the virtual world and in reality. I’ve seen too many movies where I’m engaged during the fantasy segments and feel as though I’m in them myself, but when it comes back around to reality, I get dropped off back into the theater and feel like an onlooker, waiting for the more interesting part to come back on. Both the fantasy and reality had enough action to keep the audience engaged.
With all that it’s got going for it, Ready Player One is not without problems. The boy-meets-girl, boy-loves-girl, boy-loses-girl, boy-wins girl story line is kind of lame. It is just so cliché it feels lazy when the rest of the movie is so well done. It is a predictable portion of a movie that is otherwise anything but. There is one pretty unbelievable scene that should have been better thought out. There were a couple of cuss words and I laughed at them because they were well timed and funny, and hell, I’m grown and don’t mind a bit of salty language; but I don’t think the movie would have suffered any without them.
Ready Player One earned 8 out of 10 bloops. Despite a few problems, it is a great movie that shouldn’t be missed. There are a couple of bad words, thus the PG-13 rating, so mind the children if you’re the type that disapproves of swearing. It’s what many might consider a long movie, at 2 hours 20 minutes, but that time flies right by if you’re into it. If you’ve got the extra coins and if you care to, I recommend springing for the 3D. Just like any other movie adapted from a novel, don’t expect the movie to be exactly like the book and you won’t be disappointed (at least not in that way).
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1 = worst ever, avoid at all cost
2 = very bad, forget about it!
3 = poor movie, not recommended
4 = not good, even for free – NO!
5 = so-so, worth it if you don’t have to pay
6 = not bad, could have been better
7 = good movie, worth seeing
8 = great movie, don’t miss it!
9 = excellent movie, a must see!
10 = a masterpiece, go see it now!
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