Ready Player One was written in 2011 by Ernest Cline, its set in a dystopian future in the year 2045, the protagonist Wade Watts sets out on the hunt for three keys which will unlock the door way to an Easter Egg left in the virtual world known as The Oasis, by its creator James Halliday. The book gained much hype and Warner Bros acquired the rights to make it into a movie. Cline with the help from Zak Penn and Eric Eason wrote the script and in 2015 Steven Spielberg signed on to direct the movie, fast-forward and Ready Player One has arrived.
Spielberg over the last four decades has created his own library of classic cinema from E.T , Indian Jones to Jurassic Park, the link to all those movies is to take the audience on an adventure and to bring out all different emotions in them. Ready Player One succeeds in that and is Spielberg’s best movie in years, The mixture of live action and performance capture has improved a lot since Spielberg’s last venture into performance capture (The Adventures of TinTin) and he’s captured the performances of cast very well, this eliminates the audience being taking out of the movie.
The movie starts with Wade (Tye Sheridan) informing the audience of the backstory to the earth of 2045, he introduces the audience to The Oasis and how James Halliday (Mark Rylance) and Ogdon Morrow (Simon Pegg) created it and how James setup the Easter Egg just before he died for everyone to try and find, the winner getting his shares of the company and control of The Oasis. The intro allows the audience to quickly get familiar with this world and it truly takes effect when we go with Wade into The Oasis and meeting his Avatar Parzival.
The movie has a lot of different scenes from the original source material but this is due to rights issues and timing issues, the book built the relationship between Parzival and Artemis (Olivia Cooke) a lot more in the second act, the movie version chooses to ditch this section to allow the story to progress quicker, we also have more information on the Antagonist Sorrento (Ben Mandelsohn) in the book and in the movie this also feels overlooked.
The real star of the book and the movie is the nostalgia element of the story, Halliday’s love of pop culture from the 80’s, 90’s allows a lot of great callbacks within the movie. Scenes including King Kong the T-Rex from Jurassic Park are just the tip of the iceberg, this will allow for multi viewing attempts to try and recognize everything included.
Overall Ready Player One is a great action adventure from the master of action adventures, audiences will be entertained throughout with the story not slowing down to allow them to take in the great visual effects within The Oasis’s but allowing them to be in ore of the links to the past we all love.