Director: Steven Spielberg
Writer/s: Zak Penn (screenplay by), Ernest Cline (screenplay by, based on the novel by)
Starring: Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn, Lena Waithe, T.J. Miller, Simon Pegg, Mark Rylance, and more.
You can imagine the skepticism in me as I go from one Spielberg film to another in a little under a month with “The Post” to “Ready Player One”. Granted, and very obviously, the two films are leagues different from one another. I was not the biggest fan of “The Post” and now I am jumping headlong into a hotly anticipated adventure film in “Ready Player One”. Early on, I must say I am not all that hyped for the film as some are but I am interested in the film, nonetheless. But, I am prepared that this film may not be all that great in my eyes but I guess that is what you are all here to find out, right? Well, let us get to it!
“When the creator of a virtual reality world called the OASIS dies, he releases a video in which he challenges all OASIS users to find his Easter Egg, which will give the finder his fortune.”
To my pleasure, “Ready Player One” is an exciting and entertaining film from start to end. The film pounds out 80’s nostalgia to present day pop culture references and as if that is not enough to keep one’s attention, it is actually a solid film to boot. The main story of the challenge to find the creator’s Easter eggs within his video game stays fresh throughout the duration of the film. With each challenge comes a new adventure for our team of heroes and a new experience for us as an audience. Each sequence brings worlds to life before our very eyes as if we are placed inside this virtual reality world itself. From myself personally, “Ready Player One” is incredible fun from the get go and it continued to deliver a theater experience I will continue to talk about for the rest of the year and further.
To heighten this experience a tad bit more. I had the opportunity to watch this film in 3D and I must say that this was one of the more enjoyable 3D films I have watched in a long time. It is almost as if placing the 3D glasses over my eyes was like placing my own virtual reality headset on as the film bobbed and weaved through action sequences and special effects were blasting all around in front of me. If you can stomach a 3D experience and not writhe around with a splitting headache afterward, this is the movie to see in 3D.
Performance wise, I feel everyone did a great job within their roles. Personally I do not believe that anyone was much of a standout performance over anyone else. Out of everyone, I would say that I enjoyed Mark Rylance as Halliday the most out of a majority of the characters but again, everyone did well within their respective roles. I am sure if this film were to become a series some of the supporting actors that I enjoyed would more than likely solidify themselves as personal favorites of mine. (I.e. Philip Zhao as Sho, Win Morisaki as Daito, Lena Waithe as Helen, etc.)
Another point that added to my pleasure of “Ready Player One” was the weight of the consequences. What I mean by this is all too often within films similar to this one, heroes are driven or find an inspiration to fight just for the hell of it. Often there is nothing too triggering to cause our heroes to fight. Within this film, certain events happen that are heavy in weight that are reason enough to fight harder. However, while I say this is added points for the film, it also counts against it due to how our certain character reacts soon after a tragic event. Basically this is a two steps forward, one step back, kind of moment for me. For more of an explanation and spoiler heavy, scroll to the bottom below the spoilers section.
If you were initially on the fence for “Ready Player One”, safely climb over. If you were nervous of pop culture references blasting out of every scene, well, that happens, but it happens properly and feels necessary. If you were nervous of going from “The Post” to “Ready Player One” (cause believe me, I was), do not be. You will find proper and attention-grabbing action. “Ready Player One” made me a happy little geek in my seat, it made me proud to be a gamer, and it made me proud to be a fan of film.