Ready Player One (2018) – Review

Ready Player One hits theaters on March 30th.

By Mark Derdik

Steven Spielberg has taken Ernest Cline’s novel Ready Player One and brought it to life on the big screen! This film had me hooked with its easy to watch visuals and fun story. Watching Wade Watts navigate the “Oasis” – a virtual reality world that many prefer to the real one – is incredibly entertaining. The ensemble cast does a great job of sucking you into the year 2045. The plot is fun and sophisticated, but not so contrived that it takes all your concentration. Ready Player One is intended as an entertaining popcorn movie, and it exceeds expectations.

Many scenes are filled with Easter eggs and references from the 80s, so nostalgia is a big theme here. I can only imagine the countless YouTube videos that will pause each frame, searching for objects in the background.

Ready Player One has a bit of everything. A lot of the darker subject matter is played for laughs, which is a smart move by the writers. The rest is filled with a mix of action, drama, adventure, and sci-fi. I didn’t want it to end.

Before watching the movie I was under the impression that it would be a live action film like the trailers and marketing suggested. In actuality, close to 70% of Ready Player One was animated, because a lot of the plot takes place inside a video game. Despite this, the movie somehow felt alive and real, perhaps due to the relatable main characters.

Overall, Ready Player One is a resounding success. It’s truly enjoyable from minute one to the credits.

I give Ready Player One an A.

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