Ready Player One is a 2018 science fiction film directed by Steven Spielberg adapted from the Ernest Cline novel of the same name. The film is set in 2045 and is centered around a young man named Wade Watts who enters a video game reality world called the Oasis, a world that people around the world enter daily to escape their lives and begin a new one as their avatars. The Oasisa��s creater Halliday left an easter egg in the game after his death where they must finds keys hidden in this world to find the egg and then become the owners of the Oasis, everyone in this world has been looking for it for years, and when Wade finally begins to find these keys he must race against Sorrento to find the rest of the keys and become the owners of the Oasis. The film stars Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn, Lena Waithe, T.J. Miller, Simon Pegg, and Mark Rylance.
I must say upon seeing the first trailer I was hesitant with what to expect with this film. The teaser trailer alone had so many Easter eggs alone I was afraid this was going to be a film that carried so many references and nostalgia it distracted me from the movie and the overall story. The nostalgia in this age is so real, with Stranger Things and Jumanji being recent things that have been somewhat relevant ita��s no question that there is some serious nostalgia going on with a lot of pop culture right now. Anyway, back to my point, I really thought the constant references and Easter eggs thrown in the film would be distracting but for the most part it worked in the film. Theya��re paced very well throughout although there are some major sequences where I found myself overwhelmed and distracted as the inner nerd in me was fanboying over all my favorite characters sharing the screen at the same time.
Immediately after seeing this film I wanted to see it again, now dona��t get me wrong it has its flaws. Ita��s not perfect, but I will admit it is a damn good thrill ride. The action sequences are beautiful and flawless, the whole environment that this game world is in is mesmerizing. Watching this film overall felt like a dream that Ia��m sure all gamers have all had at some point. I will mention anyone who is a fan of a certain Stanley Kubrick movie will find themselves grinning somewhere in the second act as it gives us one of the best sequences in the entire film and carries a huge sense of nostalgia. I loved it.
Ben Mendelsohn is one specific actor in this film that really stood out to me, not only he because I think he is a magnificent actor overall but my god, ita��s like he was born to play the asshole corporation head. Seeing him in this film took me back to two years when I previously saw him in Rogue One as the memorable Orson Krennic. His performance in this film is electrifying in every sense of the word.
With that being said we now arrive with what I did not completely love about this film. In the first act of this film there is so much that we are actually introduced to, one of the major things is obviously the Oasis. This world where most of the film takes place, most of the first act actually takes place in it, so when we are taken out of the Oasis for the first time and are brought back to the real world it was not as interesting as the Oasis, I was wanting for so long to just go back and see this world. Now, keep in mind I only mentioned this was only an issue for the first act, after that the stories that take place in the Oasis and the real world are both equally as interesting and begin to actually intersect giving us the ultimate final conflict that we ultimately arrive to.
Another thing (and this one really bothered me) I really did not like at all is there is a character played by Hannah John-Kamen who had absolutely no place at all in this movie. Every other scene we are led to believe that she is this giant important factor in this huge story, the kind that is supposed to sort of be Sorrentoa��s source for information. Shea��s made to look like shea��s doing a lot when if you pay close attention, she really isna��t. They kept cutting back to her throughout most of the second and third acts and every time they cut to her on screen I instantly just felt annoyed by her mere presence on screen.
This film does not have many flaws but it is one hell of a ride. It is a lot of fun, it has amazing visuals, a compelling story, a mesmerizing world to marvel at and amazing performances from everyone. I hope everyone enjoys this film as much as I did.
Ready Player One: 7.5/1o