Ready Player One

Going into this film, I was excited. I was really expecting something enjoyable and engaging that would build the “OASIS” as a fully developed world over it’s 140 minute running time. The film I got defied anything I could have possibly expected. The film I got, was excellent…

What is it about?

In the year 2045, Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan) enjoys most of his life inside the OASIS, a virtual reality world where the limits of reality are your own imagination. When the world’s creator, James Halliday (Mark Rylance,) dies; he leaves behind his immense fortune as an “Easter Egg” within the game that can be unlocked by completing a number of challenges. However, the future of the OASIS comes under threat when IOI, a company led by Nolan Sorrento (Ben Mendelsohn,) relentlessly pursues, both in and outside the game, the egg in the hope of turning the OASIS into a commercial wasteland. Watts, with the help of his friends, must get to the egg first to save their world from Sorrento’s evil clutches. But can good will outweigh an army?

What did I think?

Although it is already relatively clear from my introduction what I thought about this film, I will try to explain why…

This film has such a beautiful style and elegance that it just seems to wash over you as you try to take it in. The world-building achieved in this film is incredible as it fully develops a complex world with 3D character’s that we believe and empathise in, almost instantly. Although it builds up a completely alien world, the work done in the real world allows it to be grounded and have real emotional heft. We believe in the plights of the people, so, we believe in their suffering within the OASIS. I thought the story was good and well developed. It didn’t just follow one single trail of plot, instead it pursued and developed a number of subplots over it’s running time that I was shocked to find out amounted to a hefty 140 minutes. Finally, it’s just a very good film that worked for me and sometimes that’s all it needs to be.

Conversely, some of the bits within this film seemed like devices added solely for the purpose of fitting within a certain genre. For example: the love story felt a little bit forced and I think especially with such an extensive running time, more could have been done to add some jeopardy as everything just felt too easy. Also, I would have liked to have been more emotionally engaged with all the characters, as when a certain event happened, I wasn’t affected in the way I think I was supposed to be.

Conclusion- My negatives are not a large complaints just side thoughts that could have possibly made the film better. On the whole I think Spielberg has done a great job, by turning something that easily could have been very throwaway, into a fantastic film.

My Rating- 8.5/10 (Fantastic)

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