If you go into Ready Player One expecting an exact replica of Ernest Cline’s novel of the same name, you may be more than a little disappointed. However, if you go into this film expecting fast-paced action and a whole lot of 80’s nostalgia, then this may be your “favorite movie of all time,” a quote I overheard from the man sitting behind me.
Our story takes place in 2045 and follows main protagonist, Wade Watts, as he and fellow “gunters” (egg hunters) explore the OASIS searching for an easter egg left behind by the creator and worth over 200 billion dollars. The OASIS is a virtual reality, and a necessity for some, like Watts, to escape their everyday reality which has all but fallen apart from energy shortages.
After 5 years of looking, everyone has seemingly given up on searching, with the exception of a handful of gunters and the IOI, a blood thristy corporation that will stop at nothing to gain control of the OASIS in an attempt to monetize it with advertisements and fees, meaning no more OASIS for people like Wade and others who can barely afford to live.
Despite some major variations from the book, I thoroughly enjoyed this film. Ready Player One seamlessly combines a CGI video game universe with the real world and offers a fast-paced plot and intense action scenes that only Steven Spielberg could accomplish so well. And of course, a whole lot of classic video game nostalgia and 80’s rock music.
With CGI similar to that of Avatar, this movie is absolutely stunning. Whether you like video games or not, you can’t help but marvel at the size of this world the artists have created and how much detail went into every single piece of it. If you see this movie for anything, see it for the CGI and motion capturing!
Tye Sheridan (Wade) is no stranger to sci-fi, having before appeared in the X-Men Series, and though he is in OASIS avatar form for the majority of the film, he still gives an amazing, and very believable performance.
Overall, I really enjoyed this movie and will undoubtedly see it again. If you aren’t a fan of science fiction, however, this may not be the film for you, seeing as most of it takes place within a video game.
Review By: Kasey Leeders