Over Christmas I watched Ready Player One (2018) for the first time.
I’d caught bits of it on TV a few times but I didn’t really know anything about the story so I kind of wrote it off as an “all CGI - no real substance” movie (I’m terrible for that). I’m sorry to say I did the same with Avatar years ago but on both occasions I was proven totally wrong.
I really enjoyed this movie!
Leading up to Christmas someone I work with asked if I’d seen it and when I said no, he said, “ah man you’d love it! It’s got so many pop culture and movie references!” He was right!
From Back to the Future and The Iron Giant, to The Shining and Jurassic Park, it’s got it all!
If you haven’t seen it, it stars Tye Sheridan (X-Men: Apocalypse), Olivia Cooke (Ouija), Ben Mendelsohn (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) and T.J. Miller (Deadpool) among others.
This is what it’s about according to IMDb:
“When the creator of a virtual reality called the OASIS dies, he makes a posthumous challenge to all OASIS users to find his Easter Eggs, which will give the finder his fortune and control of his world.”
If you’ve never played a video game I should probably explain that this movie isn’t about someone trying to find a load of Cadbury’s Chocolate Buttons Easter eggs (they’re my favourite), rather a secret message, image, or feature hidden in a video game. In the case of this movie it’s three keys.
Ready Player One looks good, sounds good (score by the brilliant Danny Elfman) and is one of those films that you can just sit back, relax and enjoy.
I never should’ve doubted it, especially with Steven Spielberg at the helm (wait...Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull)...
If like me you’ve avoided this film for whatever reason, give it a chance. It’s worth it.