Ready Player One ★★★★

One of the most purely fun blockbusters I've seen in a while. The Oasis brims with imagination, thanks to stunning visual effects and effortlessly masterful cinematography. There's not a bad performance in the film due to the strong supporting cast, and I'm glad Olivia Cooke is getting the mainstream exposure she deserves. Tye Sheridan also shines in the lead, proving once again he is one of the best young talents in the industry. The film surprised me with how laugh-out-loud funny it was, as there are some truly memorable comedic moments to go along with some jaw-dropping sequences (one in particular had me smiling from ear to ear).

The narrative falters a bit when it deals with the real world side of things, from rushed relationships, to underdeveloped characters, to plot conveniences, and having a somewhat abrupt ending. The film doesn't necessarily fail in any of these categories, and it is so well made and enjoyable that these flaws really only end up affecting the story's overall emotional impact, while still allowing the movie to be one hell of a ride. I already can't wait to see the movie again on the big screen.

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