Ready Player One Review
I’ll be honest, I went into this movie pretty skeptical. I thought it would entertain the audience just through the nostalgia and the little easter eggs hidden within it. Once that mist of doubt faded however, I found a movie that I thoroughly enjoyed and can’t wait to watch again.
Ready Player One is set in 2045 where the world has become a bit derelict. A creator by the name of James Halliday has created a virtual world known as the Oasis where people can go and play games and hang out with friends etc. it’s described as you can do everything there apart from eat and sleep. Halliday has recently died and has decided to hide an easter egg in the Oasis and whoever finds it first gets his fortune and the rights to the game. Of course this is a huge deal as the game is worth trillions of dollars. But it isn’t just the fans of the game trying to find the easter egg but corporations too who want to get sole use of the game and be able to sell advertisement among other things to the players. There goal is a money making scheme while the fans just want to keep Halliday’s legacy alive.
In comes Wade Watts a normal boy who lives in a poor area and begins to piece together what Halliday was saying and the clues he left to find the easter egg. The whole story may revolve around a game but the threats and the rewards are all too real. It’s a story of friendship, courage, and staying true to yourself. It is absolutely fantastic.
I don’t want to give too much away but the amount of levels this movie has is ridiculous. In one scene they literally go into the movie The Shining and as a movie buff that part ruined me. I thought it was brilliantly done and paid amazing homage to the original.
Yes there’s a lot of nostalgia and a lot of moments where you’re pointing out different characters and call backs to other movies but overall the actual story of this movie stands up brilliantly. It has a lot of morals that I think we could even put forward in this day and age.
Take the Marvel and DC cinematic fight for example. DC seem to be, to me anyway, all about making money and keeping up with Marvel while Marvel seem to care about the fans and giving them the best they can get. It’s like Wade and the IOI (the corporation) in the movie. Wade wants to keep the game just how Halliday wanted it while IOI only care about making money and really bastardising the whole thing.
This movie is utterly fantastic and I can’t sing its praises enough. It keeps you engaged from start to finish and doesn’t fall off the bandwagon at any point. Each moment makes sense and it’s so fun putting the pieces of the puzzle together yourself too.
I urge you to see this movie because you will not be disappointed. It’s fantastic for a range of ages and is something everyone can connect to. I can’t wait to see it again and notice even more little moments I missed the first time.
What do you think of Ready Player One?
Until next time.