Review: Ready Player One (2018)

Film: Ready Player One
Dir: Steven Spielberg
Genre: Sci-Fi / Fantasy
Release: March 29, 2018
Distribution: Warner Bros. Pictures

Rating: 3.5/5

Dropping at the end of a disappointing month for movies, Ready Player One was a welcome surprise to the 2018 calendar. Fulfilling every gamer or computer enthusiasts’ dream of having a world entirely online, the film brought these introverts together for a sci-fi / fantasy blockbuster.

Seeing Spielberg back at the helm of another blockbuster movie for the first time in quite a while, definitely got me excited and was an immediate need to see this movie in theatres. I took this movie in breathtaking IMAX, which was totally worth it for the visuals alone.

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Credit: Polygon.com

The CGI in this movie is absolutely unreal. The feel, the look, everything about the Oasis (the online game that the entire world is hooked into) feels like a tangible place. The references in Ready Player One are also a visual treat to look at. Seeing some of your favourite characters you grew up with on the big screen is nothing short of a nostalgia trip.

There is one particular scene in the movie (that I won’t spoil, by the way) where Spielberg pays direct homage to a very notable director. The amount of detail and intricacies that went into all of those sequences are absolutely magical.

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Credit: DenofGeek.com

The acting from the main two characters, Parzival (Tye Sheridan) and Art3mis (Olivia Cooke) was okay, and the fact that I just had to Google their character names doesn’t really speak well to the writing of these characters.

The story is a fairly simplistic hero’s journey, as it is with most Hollywood blockbusters. However, this one just didn’t really take a whole lot of chances. It played things very safe, light and by the book.

Speaking of by the book, this was based on a young adult novel that came out in 2011. While I didn’t personally read the book, in reading other sources, I heard that the source material was a little deviated, but that also comes with translating from page to screen. This movie was more “inspired by” than “based on” the book of the same name.

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Credit: BBC.com

Overall, this movie was a fun ride. It was a great popcorn flick, and an absolute eye candy of a movie to experience in IMAX. Will I remember this movie by the end of this year? Most likely not, but in the moment, it was enjoyable.

What did you think of Ready Player One? Let me know on Twitter, @TheWarrenGordon.

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