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October 19, 2018

Ready Player One Movie Review


Ready Player One is directed by Steven Spielberg and stars Tye Sheridan as the main character, Wade Watts. The plot (without spoilers) is about Wade in the year 2045.   His avatar in a virtual reality world called the Oasis is called Parzival. The creator, who has died 5 years previous to the present day in the film, announced whoever finds 3 easter eggs in the Oasis gets his share in the company, Gregarious Games, which is valued at 10s of trillions of dollars. Wade has to go up against a large corporation, to get the share.

Do I like the Movie? Yes. What rating would you give it? 8.5/10, because no movie can ever be perfect, so in turn no 10s will be given to anything. What did I like about it? Well being the resident geek and technology nerd at the Pelladium, I got all the references they threw at me, I liked it because they did it well and it wasn’t in your face. One word describes this movie well, subtlety.

The rest of the review contains spoilers, you have been warned. Some of the references in the movie were product placements, but they were subtle. For example, in split second sequences, there was Overwatch. Spielberg can do product placements right, he just wasn’t bothered to, but it happened with Reese’s pieces in E.T. so it doesn’t bother me that much. For example, in the final battle sequence, it cuts to Tracer from the game, which I thought was cheap that they didn’t use a different character, but beggars can’t be choosers. There was also an Overwatch world, which you see when the camera “Flies” around the entire Oasis, which I thought was kind of shoe-horned in.  It was a small world, and it just seemed so unimaginative and not creative. There was also another product placement which was more natural. After the tracer cut, it cut to at least 8 Master Chiefs from Halo going into battle, which was done for humor.

There was also a sequence where they were in the house in the Shining, which I’ve never seen it, but I got it enough to get a laugh. Speaking of Deviation I liked that it deviated from the book it didn’t do it too harshly, you could see that happening in that universe you just read. For example, instead of Wade who hacked his way into the, basically slave camps to repay the company (IOI), it was Samantha, or her in Oasis name Art3mis. They then had her go into the office or as I call it, the lair, she got all the intelligence she needed. This left the plot closed, with no holes and it all making sense.

The movie had a fast pace to it, but it could go into more detail, but it was about 2 and a half hours.  It couldn’t have any longer. The movie felt like an hour and a half, which was great for a movie like this, which can be known for being slow.  

The score was filled with 80’s songs, like “We’re Not Gonna Take It” by Twisted Sister and of course a Rush poster in Halladay’s room and the lesbian character (yes, there is one), has a Rush shirt on. Of course there was your classical tracks with an orchestra, and yes they were good. They were suspenseful when needed, and it was light when the time was right. Timing was everything in the score and the movie.

To wrap this up the whole movie was an experience.  You want to see movies that are experiences. How the whole thing was presented to the viewer was in a fun, but serious way. The whole movie was a treat, even it’s flaws are something to talk about. I would definitely give this one a watch.

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