REVIEW OF READY PLAYER ONE

Synopsis and information obtained from ComingSoon.net
Edited by Christopher Edelen and Ariel Landrum

Grade: A-

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Throughout my life I have been exposed to numerous pieces of pop culture: from iconic video game characters to silver screen heroes. I’ve been fortunate enough to see the birth of characters that have inspired generations, daring us to dream. These idols create childhood memories which grow into nostalgia. All of these icons can be found in the new movie, based off Ernest Cline’s book with the same title, Ready Player One. They band together in an epic quest for Halliday’s Easter Egg inside the virtual world of, OASIS. 

The picture follows principal character, Wade, played by Tye Sheridan, who gets word of a mysterious Easter Egg left behind by the creator, Halliday. In the gaming world, an Easter Egg is an intentional hidden joke, message, image, or secret feature a creator builds into the game.

Wade decides to jump into his avatar, Parzival, and team up with his online friends Aech (Lena Waithe) and Sho (Philip Zhao), to solve the mystery, which ends up preserving this virtual world. The balance between real world versus online collide, as the group hope to beat an evil corporation called the Innovative Online Industries, who covet the Easter Egg. 

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Many will enjoy scenes that create the sensation of playing a video game on the big screen, as a majority of the film takes place in OASIS. Heavy with CGI, usually this can hurt some features; for this movie the digital actors actually outperform the real actors.

I read Cline’s book, and I must say the flick is different from the source media in numerous instances. Surprisingly that’s a good thing. Though both are great at delivering sentimentality, I believe the script for the movie was more compelling than the book.

Steven Spielberg’s 2 hour and 20 minute ride moves at a colorful and frantic pace. With the help of numerous cameos from many childhood heroes, Ready Player One screams nostalgia for the majority of the run time. Since this has always been a spoiler free zone, I won’t go into detail of which characters you will see, as not all were found in the trailer. Just know that each appearance will hit you in the feels.

With a story that takes you on a fun and fast paced adventure, pop culture overload, and dazzling CGI, Ready Player One is a great excuse to round up your friends and plug into the OASIS.

Rated: PG-13 (for sequences of sci-fi action violence, bloody images, some suggestive material, nudity and language)
Director: Steven Spielberg
Screenwriters: Zak Penn and Ernest Cline
Starring: Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn, T.J. Miller, Simon Pegg, and Mark Rylance
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi, Adventure

Synopsis
From filmmaker Steven Spielberg comes the science fiction action adventure “Ready Player One,” based on Ernest Cline’s bestseller of the same name. The film is set in 2045, with the world on the brink of chaos and collapse. But the people have found salvation in the OASIS, an expansive virtual reality universe created by the brilliant and eccentric James Halliday (Mark Rylance). When Halliday dies, he leaves his immense fortune to the first person to find a digital Easter egg he has hidden somewhere in the OASIS, sparking a contest that grips the entire world. When an unlikely young hero named Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan) decides to join the contest, he is hurled into a breakneck, reality- bending treasure hunt through a fantastical universe of mystery, discovery and danger.

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