Film Review: Ready Player One

Francesca Sammartano, Staff Writer

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“Ready Player One” is a Steven Spielberg movie based on Ernest Cline’s book with the same name. This movie is set in the year 2045 when the world was on the verge of collapse. Salvation was found through a place in a virtual reality video game called the “Oasis,” created by the very peculiar James Halliday. When Halliday passes away, he creates a contest within the game to find a single hidden Easter egg with the prize of his immense fortune. This contest has the entire world wrapped around its finger, with people putting their lives on the line to win the game.

Instantly catching your attention, the film starts off with the main character, Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan) in the Oasis with the iconic classic rock music playing in the background. Introducing us to his virtual best friend, Aech. By the end of the movie, Wade will transition from friendless nobody to hotshot hero of both the virtual universe and the real world.

Within the first three seconds of the movie, I was already sucked in. To no surprise, when I saw the Oasis I could tell where the name came from. Imagine the feeling of seeing an actual oasis after walking in the desert for 2 days without food or water. Just like in any video game, you can make your avatar whoever or whatever you want it to be; human or not. Your world is what you create of it with endless possibilities and the countless way to meet new people, friends, and maybe even lovers. To no surprise, Wade believes he’s found the love of his life within the first, maybe, two hours of meeting her.

Personally, I found it quite annoying that he goes from lone wolf to preaching “I love you” to the public. They were bound to be together in the end, but I believe that they could have made it much more suspenseful versus him falling on his knees in desperateness. Other than the lack of a capturing love tale, the action and thrills in this film will keep you on your toes.

You’ll definitely get some good laughs in with plenty of pop culture references and mind-blowing irony. However, most of the events or situations that happened in this film would seem to be completely ridiculous and unreasonable. For instance, that fact that all of his friends inside this universal video game just so happened to all live within the same proximity of himself (Wade). Or perhaps that no one really has jobs because all anyone ever does is play this game, all day every day.

Despite some of the scenes that do not accurately make sense, I believe that this movie can make it to my top 20 favorite movies. I get a sort of “Guardians of the Galaxy” vibe but in a video game. There is a mixture of all genres to make a very exciting and captivating film.

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