If you’ve seen Steven Spielberg‘s Ready Player One, we’d love to know what you think! If you haven’t seen it yet, but plan to, go ahead and bookmark this page to revisit later because there’s a strong chance that this movie and reactions to it are going to make for interesting conversation. For a primer on what we thought of the film, you can check out Matt Goldberg‘s review here, or read on for a few of my own ramblings. Otherwise, skip on down to the comments to share your own take!
My Two Cents: I’m a fan, but not a super-fan, of Ernest Cline‘s book; it’s a fun read if not a particularly literary one. However, the thing that got me most invested in Wade Watts’ journey in the book was his discovery of the Copper Key. That’s all I’ll say about it here to avoid spoilers for either the book or the movie, but the two are drastically different. And since Spielberg opts for spectacle over substance even in the earliest of moments in Ready Player One, it’s hard to care much about all the sound and fury that takes place afterwards. With the exception of two sequences that are 100% worth the price of admission on their own, Ready Player One was clunky, thinly developed, and the absolute butteriest of popcorn flicks. It’s enjoyable when it dips into recognizable nostalgia but forgettable otherwise. Your mileage may vary, so that’s where your fan review come in! Hop to it!
Here’s the official synopsis for Ready Player One:
The film is set in 2045, with the world on the brink of chaos and collapse. But the people have found salvation in the OASIS, an expansive virtual reality universe created by the brilliant and eccentric James Halliday (Mark Rylance). When Halliday dies, he leaves his immense fortune to the first person to find a digital Easter egg he has hidden somewhere in the OASIS, sparking a contest that grips the entire world. When an unlikely young hero named Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan) decides to join the contest, he is hurled into a breakneck, reality-bending treasure hunt through a fantastical universe of mystery, discovery and danger.
If you want to get caught up on all things Ready Player One before sharing your thoughts, feel free to click on any of the following links:
- Ernest Cline on ‘Ready Player One’, Working with Spielberg, and Hopes for a Sequel
- Steven Spielberg on ‘Ready Player One’ and Why He’ll Never Rework His Own Movies Again
- ‘Ready Player One’ Review: Steven Spielberg Remains the Master of Adventure
- ‘Ready Player One’ Crew Sneaks Spielberg References into His Own Film
- ‘Ready Player One’ Video Review: Analyzing Steven Spielberg’s Return to Science-Fiction