“Jaws,” “Jurassic Park,” “E.T.” … Steven Spielberg has without a doubt made some pretty classic movies and I really believe everyone should add “Ready Player One” to that list of classics. This film was adapted from Ernest Cline’s book, which I personally haven’t read but after seeing the film, I can honestly say I’d love to read it. I ended up doing a little personal research on the film and found out that Spielberg is a huge video game fanatic and actually worked with Cline on the screenplay for the film, so if they have the author in on the film project, it must be a great film.
Set in 2045, Wade Watts lives in Columbus, Ohio with his aunt since his parents died (as most superhero movies would start off). Orphaned, not many friends in reality, and without money, you get a gleam of hope for Wade Watts when he quotes in the film: “My dad picked that name because it sounded like a superhero’s alter ego. Like, Peter Parker or Bruce Banner.” In his reality, society has taken advantage of the virtual reality world they can escape to called the OASIS, where all kinds of entertainment are available for anyone. When its creator James Halliday dies, he leaves behind a video diary which is broadcasted to the world. He explains that whoever can find the three keys he has hidden in secret locations of the OASIS, they will be able to find a golden Easter egg, giving them a cash prize along with complete ownership of the OASIS.
Action packed, comedic and nostalgic about older movies and TV shows, this movie is hands down a gamer’s paradise. With its references to popular vid- eo games and cameos of famous characters and avatars you would see in all kinds of games, ranging from role-play-ing to arcade games, you’ll have fun recognizing your favorites. The film even includes famous film characters such as Iron Giant, Jason Voorhees and believe it or not, Chucky the Doll as a weapon in a battle. This movie is supposed to be set in 2045, which is a tad freaky to me, considering with the virtual reality technology we are improving every day, I don’t think we’re far from having our own “Oasis.” As far as the film’s actors, I was already pretty excited to see this film since it was starring Tye Sheridan, who I’ve also seen in “X-Men Apocalypse” as a young Cyclops and in “Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse.” I personally loved Sheridan’s character portrayal of Wade Watts, seeing him progress from being a complete nobody to making his way onto the leaderboards and witnessing the character development in Wade as he tries to solve the difficult challenges Halliday leaves behind. I’ve also been a fan of his co-star, Olivia Cooke, since her role in the TV series “Bates Motel.” Her character was physically weak due to her cystic fibrosis in the first few seasons and being restricted to dragging an oxygen tank around so to see a complete change in characters Cooke has portrayed onscreen makes me eager to see her in her future projects.
An incredibly fun film to experience watching, laughing along with Wade’s online friends and allusions to some of my favorite video games and movies, “Ready Player One” is an absolute must- see film that will have your eyes glued to the screen like any other video game would. I give this film a 4.4 out of 5 stars