Ready Player One

Ready Player One ★★★★

Steven Spielberg has been filling our senses with new and engaging worlds for over 40 years. From Jaws to Indiana Jones to Jurassic Park, Spielberg had changed the process of moviemaking for over 40 years. Ready Player One represents another new visual frontier that the legendary director has brought his creativity to the forefront. Based off the worldwide best seller by Ernest Cline, this film is delightful, nostalgic, and visually beautiful. This film can be enjoyed by pop culture fanatics, kids looking to have fun, and adults looking to relive past childhood memories. 

I have stated before he film is adapted off the novel of the same name which is set in Columbus, Ohio in the year 2045. The world has been depleted of fossil fuels, corn syrup shortage, and the worldwide population growing in excess of resources. Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan) escapes this dystopia future by way of virtual reality software called the OASIS. James Halliday (Mark Rylance), one of the creators of the OASIS, has hid an Easter egg inside the game. Whoever finds this Easter egg will have complete control over the OASIS and abundant monetary consumption. Wade and friends he meets along the way set out on the quest for the Easter Egg and to have a brighter future. 

This is visually one of the best films I have laid my eyes on since Avatar. When you are first transplanted into the world Of OASiS, the first thing is you noticed is how vibrant the colors shine and glimmer on the screen. The characters in the OASIS are well designed and the worlds are wonderfully designed. Spielberg effectively brings Ernest Cline’s world from the page to the screen in grand fashion; this movie should be seen on IMAX and 3D to gather the full scope of its beauty. The visual effects are majestic and represent the best part of this film. 

The pop culture references throughout were a major treat and played a major part in me enjoying the film. You will spend your whole time seeing your favorite characters from other movies, games, and tv shows that have been made over the last 30 years. Specifically, the best scene in the movie involves a homage to The Shining and most of the audience was in tears laughing. 

I found the scenes set outside of the OASIS to be kind of lacking; the scenes in the real world didn’t have the same pop and energy. The pacing seemed to grow stale and very slow once outside of the OASIS; I found myself ready for the film to shift back into virtual reality. I didn’t feel a deep connection to the main protagonist throughout the movie, film didn’t really go into a lot of deep context over his backstory to make me really feel a connection. 

Overall, Ready Player One is not one of Spielberg’s best, but it is a movie that will you enjoy watching visually and contains great action sequences in the glory of IMAX and 3D.

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