Steven’s Spielberg’s newest film takes place in the year 2045, a time when pretty much everyone spends most of their day inside a virtual world known as the Oasis. When the creator of the Oasis dies, he plants an “Easter Egg” inside the world, with control of the game and a small fortune the reward for the one who finds it. Wade Watts, and his avatar Perzival, must work together with his virtual and real life friends to find the Egg before an organization with sinister plans does.
This movie is a whole lot of fun. It is a movie geek’s wet dream full of movie and other pop culture references. I found myself with a big smile on my face whenever they would show up. The movie is extremely entertaining and I never found myself bored. The story is relatively simple, but still really interesting, as are the characters. All of them have good chemistry and you get attached to both the real life people, and their virtual reality avatars. The movie balances spending time inside the VR world and the real world really well. The score and soundtrack are really good as well, and do a nice job of adding to the nostalgia and fun that all the references and Easter Eggs set up.
The movie has a couple small issues, mostly dealing with the plot. There are some things that occur throughout that just seem a little too convenient. There is also a thing that happens to set up the third act that kind of comes out of nowhere and felt rushed. It was almost like there were 10 minutes missing from the movie. In addition to those things, while Ben Mendelsohn plays a great villain here, I would have liked to learn a little more backstory behind him and his motivations.
All in all, I had a blast with Ready Player One. I can’t wait to see it again to try and pick up on more references I missed the first time. I think most people will enjoy the movie, but big movie and video game fans will enjoy it even more. It is easily Spielberg’s best movie in over a decade. See it on the big screen and have fun. I’ll give Ready Player One a 4.5/5.