Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Release Date: March 29, 2018
Ready Player One is set in the mid-2000s in a time where a virtual reality world called The Oasis is where most people spend their time, and it even runs much of the world’s economy. When the creator of The Oasis dies, he creates a contest to find hidden keys and the first to find all three wins The Oasis and the most powerful company in the world. After much of the world has given up the search, Wade Watts and his friends continue the search and when they stumble upon some new clues, they find themselves fighting the world’s second most powerful company who will stop at nothing to win the prize.
I tried to temper my expectations going in, but I love the book. It was also directed by Steven Spielberg, one of my all-time favorites, and written by Zak Penn, who wrote (or wrote the story for) The Avengers, a couple of X-Men movies and PCU among other things. How could I not have high expectations? I’ll just get right to the point; this movie was everything I hoped it would be. The visuals were fantastic with great CGI and art direction. Since much of the film takes place in the virtual reality work, it was important that it looked good, and they came through with just the right mix of looking like a video game, but still looking real enough to not feel like you were watching a CGI cartoon.
A film needs a good antagonist, and the main villain in this movie is a big jackass with a punchable face so we can check off that box. The three main protagonists are all likable, and I found myself really rooting for the main one. You combine the likeability of the main protagonist and the punchable antagonist, and we have a film we can get invested in. The tension was good, though a bit drawn out in places. There were a couple of places that could have been tighter and I won’t call them plot holes, but a few things which could have been explained a bit more. For all the tiny things I wished had been better, there were a lot more that made up for them. I had a blast watching this, and it was one of the most enjoyable films I have seen in a while. It won’t be winning Best Picture anytime soon, but it will be entertaining audiences for years to come. This will be a classic for sure.
Rewatchability: very, very high (I will see this movie for a second time in the theater for sure)