Ready Player One movie review

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Ready Player One takes place in the not-so-distant future–the world has turned into a very bleak place, but luckily there is OASIS, a virtual reality world that is a vast online utopia. People can plug into OASIS to play, go to school, earn money, and even meet other people (or at least they can meet their avatars), and for protagonist Wade Watts it certainly beats passing the time in his grim, poverty-stricken real life. Along with millions of other world-wide citizens, Wade dreams of finding three keys left behind by James Halliday, the now-deceased creator of OASIS and the richest man to have ever lived. The keys are rumored to be hidden inside OASIS, and whoever finds them will inherit Halliday’s fortune. But Halliday has not made it easy. And there are real dangers in this virtual world.

This is for the movie, not the book, I haven’t read the book and frankly I may not read it. Nothing against books, I just have a large pile of books to get through and …ok books about someone else playing video games sounds boring. Not just a little boring, but booooring.

The movie however was a visual delight, just as long as you go in with the expectations of an over the hill director taking a lazy attempt at cashing in on a lifetime of movie accomplishments. For the most part, sure he succeeds and there’s not much to complain about for someone that hasn’t read the book and is looking at the entire affair without the expectations from a much larger and in depth story. I do have some complaints, but they’re easily overlooked or explained away:

  • why no ugly people in the movie? because it’s an action summer movie and ugly people don’t sell tickets
  • why does it seem like every “nostalgic” element is from either Spielberg’s catalog or from Warner Brothers? because talking about a thing is free, but showing it means you have to license it, and this is a Spielberg directed WB film.

It was a fun movie. Maybe I’ll read the book sometime soon before it comes to retail and I can compare the two.

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    5 Responses to Ready Player One movie review

    1. None of your reviews has ever steered me wrong and you have introduced me to alot of cool new books and movies I otherwise wouldn’t have checked out so I got one for you

      Ready player one(book) review:Read it.

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    2. I too have a pile of books to read through, Ready Player One should be at the top of the pile for anyone who remembers anything at all about video or arcade games from the 80s or 90s.

      It is not only short enough to not detract from your pile, it is exceptionally well written, and quite funny. At no point does it even begin to edge in the direction of Boring.

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    3. Read the book and thought it was cotton candy. No real depth, just a steady stream of nerd trivia nerds are supposed to nerd-out over. Of course, this makes it perfect for a movie adaptation – just pack it full of pop culture cameos, or at least the ones you can easily licence.

      Of course, if the book or movie included Ti99/4a “tunnels of doom” then I would give it 5 stars. That’s my old school jam.

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