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Movie Review: Ready Player One

Ready Player One is a story set in the not so distant future where a Virtual Reality universe called ‘The Oasis’.  A place created by James Halliday.  Halliday left an easter egg in the Oasis, and when he died, he left a message telling everyone in the Oasis about it.  The person who solves the easter egg, wins control of the Oasis.

The story behind Read Player One was originally written by Ernest Cline, and he also co-wrote the screenplay of the movie.  Directed by Steven Spielberg, you already know it is going to be an amazing movie.  I must tell you, it was beyond amazing.  The biggest draw for ‘Ready Player One’ was all the pop-culture references spread throughout the movie.  There are references to many things, including characters and locations that are just completely amazing to see on the big screen.

I’m not going to go into too much detail about the movie backstory and plot line, as this might spoil the movie.

The story for ‘Ready Player One’ focuses on Wade Watts (played by Tye Sheridan), an 18 year old who spends lots of time in the Oasis.  He becomes famous by solving the first of many puzzles needed to complete the easter egg.  After this, he finds himself thrust into a battle against the evil corporation IOI – Innovative Online Industries and its CEO, Nolan Sorrento (played by Ben Mendelsohn) who is bent on solving the easter egg tasks for his corporation, so they can exploit the Oasis to make money.

The movie itself is a marvel of CGI, with most of the movie being filmed inside the Oasis.  Every person has an avatar they can custom to their likes and needs.  This movie couldn’t have been done any earlier due to the heavy dependents on CGI.  However, the CGI is very well done, and since you know it is all inside a computer-generated universe of the Oasis, this doesn’t detract from the movie at all.

The acting for ‘Ready Player One’ was very decent.  Tye Sheridan did an excellent job portraying Wade Watts, and he was very convincing.  All other cast members were portrayed very well, and I felt that there were no forced scene’s in the movie.

 

There were a ton of pop-culture references in the movie, and it is amazing to have seen them all on the big screen.  The undertaking of securing access rights to all the licenses would have been a big undertaking.

Some of the licenses seen in the movie are The Iron Giant, the RX-78-2 Gundam from Mobile Suit Gundam, Mechagodzilla, Goro from the Mortal Kombat universe, various characters from the DC Comics universe and The Lord of the Rings film series, Jason Voorhees from Friday the 13th, Freddy Krueger from A Nightmare on Elm Street, Duke Nukem, Tracer from Overwatch, Ryu, Blanka and Chun-Li from Street Fighter, Sonic the Hedgehog, Lara Croft from Tomb Raider, Wolverine and Spider-Man from Marvel Comics, Kratos from God of War, Dante from Devil May Cry, Bayonetta, Nathan Drake from Uncharted, Sackboy from LittleBigPlanet, the title character from Knack, Ruby Rose from RWBY, and Chucky from Child’s Play.  If you watch the trailers for ‘Ready Player One’ you can often see many of these characters.

Overall, I felt excited watching this movie.  I enjoyed the whole thing and it didn’t feel long.  Clocking in at 140 minutes, ‘Ready Player One’ is a great movie, and I would even recommend it for the younger teen crowd as there are no curse words or gratuitous violence at all aside from a few scene’s from the Shining.

So, what are you waiting for?  Go see ‘Ready Player One’

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