I was totally engulfed in this film. Everything about it was well done. There was incredible character development, well-executed plot, and honestly an enjoyable world. There were multiple 'Inception' moments and SO many references to pop culture and the gaming world.
I thoroughly enjoyed the commentary on today's culture, and where we are going, taken to the extreme. It was neat to see the players who met online, meet in person and continue being friends, despite everyone being different in person. I really enjoyed that message as a gamer myself. Also funny to see commentary on corporate culture trying to take over any power available anywhere (in this case, a hobbyist gaming community.) Various good messages and insights on what the world has become/is becoming.
What a fun movie! As someone who was born in the 80s, i can appreciate all the pop culture references in the movie. Great cast, with lots of laughs. I'll be watching this one again!
I saw the movie in an AMC Dolby Theater and I loved it! I haven't read the book so I cannot comment on how accurate the movie is. It had few older songs, few references to movies and Pizza Hut delivered via drones. It definitely looked really good on the big screen. I cannot comment more without spoiling the movie.
The paradigm of material being cut from a book to fit into the run time of a movie doesn't really apply here because next to nothing from it happens in the film. It bares little resemblance to the book at all and is completely shallow for it. Conservatively I'd put it at 10% of the book translated to the screen in a recognisable form.
It should be "Inspired by" rather than "Based on" however I didn't find it that inspired at all. It's unbelievable to me that Cline himself handled the screenplay, at least in part. People that love the film will be thoroughly disappointed by the book, especially the PG-13 crowd the film brought in.
The Oasis itself was done an utter disservice by portraying it as basically just a game, it was so much more than that.
I thought the movie really underdeveloped the world, and didn't take advantage of all of the cool possibilities. Other than The Shining none of the references had any impact. Mark Rylance was the only actor to make an impression. I didn't even like the narrative of the book that much but I thought Stephen Spielberg would improve it not make it worse. The plot holes were huge especially in the third act ( How did Art3mis just walk into his office, walk out without anyone seeing or hearing her, and just walk out of the IOI headquarters ). It felt like a lot was cut for time, or they spent so much time on CGI sequences they forgot to make anything real, but what they cut were the parts that made the book interesting. You could ignore Ernest Cline's narrative and plot struggles because he made the characters slightly interesting, the challenge seemed difficult and all encompassing, and a lot of the references were actually relevant to the story. Every time they got a key it was a huge deal in the book, here I totally forgot it even mattered because it was so glossed over even from the beginning ( Really a race? ) and the real world consequences also didn't matter, so the whole thing felt like it was hitting the classic sentimental Spielberg movie moments with nothing to back it up.
I could feel a sweet taste in my mouth coming out from the cinema after Ready Player One knowing I’d be coming straight back here, my very own “Oasis”, to write this very review about a movie that I hope will be a landmark for all the other people, who like me live in a world where “pop culture” isn’t just a part of history, but it’s a part of real life… or simply IS real life.
Ready Player One isn’t a movie for everyone. It’s a gem that is only to be understood by the people who it is made for. A hymn bellowing aloud to every single person who struggles in life.
The misunderstood, the shunned… people who don’t know what place they have on this earth, people who don’t know how to start living, people who hide and those who create an invisible shell around themselves separating them from everyone else… people like me… the internet people.
Those of us that live in a world where comic books aren’t just “books with figures for kids”, where videogames aren’t just brainwashing violence, where movies matter and they have to be talked about, where the line between fantasy and what is real and tangible is so thin, that it enables us to expand our minds and so deeply changing every single one of us: the way we talk, the way we look, the way we think, how we interact, how we live!
Those are the people Ready Player One was made for. Me and you reading this.This is for US.
I feel sorry for those who cannot possibly feel the relevance this movie has. Who did not understand any of the references, the little things this movie was brought up upon, the lingo the characters use, the way they are portraited the way in which it takes them a blink of an eye to feel like family, to trust one another completely and depend on each other, the need they have to feel included and not eclipsed by society.
There is only sadness in that, at least for me writing this, I could not live a life without this, it would be colorless.
Ready Player One is an amalgamation of pop culture concentrated in 2 hours and 20 minutes in the form of a videogame where everything your imagination wants is right in front of you.
The characters will fight against an “EvilCorp” to take control of “Oasis” the virtual reality that is the pinnacle of society’s future by racing to find the ultimate “Easter egg” and ensure the community is safe from exploitation by greedy goblins that do not want you to install “AdBlock” as a mod.
The movie struggles to have a very clear line between real and virtual because of the consistent switches between CGI and “regular” film, this up until the very end where it finds balance and leaves the viewer, who understands what is going on, with a message that to me is most important in all that happens: take a break from the internet.
I shouldn’t need to say this – but render unto Caesar the quality of CGI is out the roof, everything is super-detailed and the animations are PHENOMENAL, which is on-par with the few real-life choreographies that are featured in some of the switches between real and virtual that I mentioned earlier. The colors are so vivid and perfectly placed some of the scenes are dreamy and give a sense of everlasting life to what is happening which further thins the line between you – the viewer and it – the picture.
Steven Spielberg is a master at giving life to what could very well look bland and lifeless and for that, I shall thank him till the day I die.It’s always a pleasure to see Easter eggs and references inside movies, like we’re used to with the MCU, but I daresay this one is an entire different level.
Let me explain to you why: Everything you see, from the WIRED magazine, to the “Twitch” streaming mention, to the DeLorean to the Iron Giant, Tracer, Halo, Gears of War and also all the Back to the Future tingling sounds that warm my heart, these aren’t just references or Easter eggs, and this is why this movie it SO GOOD, they ARE the movie!
It’s just a facet of our life that is there to remind ourselves that, however sci-fi the movie might look like, if you think deep enough it’s actually a mirror of everyday life (if you’re a nerd, like me).
The story itself isn’t too shallow or a Denis Villeneuve mindfuck, it’s a simple low and high climax with a big reveal and a moral story, so it’s a textbook good story… but it is the way it was shaped to enclose everything that just fucking shoots at your brain so seamlessly that makes it even better.
Besides my personal opinion, I think the cast overall was just spot on. I don’t think I can contribute objectively on this subject, for this particular work.
I rarely enjoy Ben Mendelsohn, especially as a bad guy.
What I can say is that I loved the perpetuating and profusing synergy between Tye Sheridan and Olivia Cooke. I LOVED how bad-ass Lena Waithe looked OOC and how massive her character looked in-game which also showed some soft spots which gave it more depth.
Win Morisaki did one thing near the end of the movie that I won’t spoil but I screamed the name of that thing in the room and everybody was both pissed and annoyed by me (Don’t regret it)
In general, I just loved the crew altogether, bit of a weak villain but honestly, it’s not that bad, it’s really hard giving dignity to someone who you know is going to lose anyway, unless you are Andrew Kevin Walker and like fucking up everyone’s mind.
To end this review I would like to say I almost cried in 10 scenes purely by nerd-gasm, I definitely cried when Win Morisaki did that thing that I cannot speak of without spoiling, with the big purple sword and that bang-bang-bang-bang and those tin-tin-tin from Back to the Future and also all the brum-brum-brum, also cried on the dance swooshy-swoosh scene where they – and so I kept crying and I had to hold my breath when she did that thing with the bike that they mentioned and that was my big “whoa” and then the movie ended and they said that thing and I was like “fuck that I don’t take days off I gotta learn RS6 Siege”.
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Good movie that had the potential to be great if it had followed the book. Instead it took The Hobbit movie route and was more of an "inspired by the book" movie. I thought the challenges in the book were better thought out and had a better ending. And since the main character were aged up a few years, it missed the "high school" start that existed in the book. If the movie existed in a vacuum (not based on a book), it would probably get an 8 from me, but looses some luster compared to the book.
For the most part, I liked Ready Player One. The film is entertaining and imaginative, but it never seems to reach the potential that it has. It feels like it squanders some good material in a quest to be a parable about the dangers of virtual reality.
I finished reading the book a few days before the film's release (today) and I have the book's story fresh in my mind to compare with the film.
The film, co-written by the book's author Ernest Cline only has the very basics from the book. There were some deep structural changes made the the film's story and characters some for the better and some for the worse.
The changes to the way the keys were found and used, that was a good change. The book's version was dull and drawn out, the film's version is more dynamic, quicker to the point and in general more exciting -- a good example is the first key, in the book it was a dungeon quest that ends with Parzival playing an arcade game. In the movie, it is a race that is visually stunning. The research and Halliday journal are compressed into a museum of sorts and that helps a lot.
One of the changes that was for the worse was the way the characters met. Having Parzival meet Art3mis so early and having Art3mis be the one that initiates the meeting was a bad choice. The chemistry between the two never really works onscreen and the "love" that they feel for each other feels forced and too quick. Aech, who has a larger part and backstory in the book, is reduced to basically a driver. The Japanese kid who dies in the book lives in the movie, which takes away from the evilness of Sorento. Also, having the kids be together in the real world and working together is a bad change as it takes away from the competition. I can see why Spielberg would want this change to happen -- it follows in the same footsteps as his other films that feature kids as the protagonists.
Speaking of Spielberg, the man has two sides. There is Serious Spielberg (The Post) and there is Fun Spielberg (Ready Player One). Lately, Fun Spielberg hasn't had much fun -- his last few "fun" films being The BFG, The Adventures of Tintin and that Indiana Jones film everyone chooses not to remember. Gone are the days of Jurassic Park or Raiders of the Lost Ark "Fun" Spielberg. It almost seems like Spielberg is trying too hard with Ready Player One to try to recapture the magic of "Fun" Spielberg. For the most part, he does.
The score by Alan Silvestri is perfect for the film as he remixes some of his best themes into the film that has... well, some of the movies that he scored for.
The leads were decent. Olivia Cooke stands out in the film and is most memorable. Ben Mendelson is also memorable with his mix of the sneering Krennic with a little bit of cowardly goofball -- it sounds weird, but it works. T.J. Miller's I-R0k is a character that was not in the book, but added to the movie -- and I really liked this addition. I-R0k was very memorable and hilarious.
The movie banks on nostalgia and shoves quite a bit of it visually in every frame. It will take multiple viewings to catch everything that Spielberg and team put into the film.
Lived the 80s, loved the 80s, know the story's references, but only got half way through the book because the nostalgia was actually nauseating. It was like the author was force-feeding it down your throat, and I couldn't really imagine people worshipping the 80s as described. Movie was less like that, but still too much. Watching CG attempting to just be CG, as opposed to CG attempting to be real, was actually refreshing. Decent idea, story and was creative - would have liked to see more VR interaction with the 80s (like the interaction with a particular 80s movie, in the movie) - but seemed to fall short on its potential.
This was beautiful to look at. But damn near everything was different. Too different. I don’t like what they did to Art3mis. Her personality was so vastly different from the book that if I didn’t know better I’d swear she was a different character.
I’m sure I would’ve loved this movie if I hadn’t read the book. I can say with 100% certainty that I’ll never watch it again.
But man it was beautiful.
too bad i read the book, otherwise i would have really enjoyed everything... man thats fucking annoying!
As someone who read the book some years ago this film was a letdown. All of the key challenges were different and they made less sense. Being a gaming nerd myself I was able to figure out the clues along with the book but the movie they were so abstract it took huge assumptions and leaps in logic to figure out what they were.The way they used the 1up token especially annoyed me. In the book it was very clear what it was, and that it would be useful but not how or when. In the movie it was a total mulligan and felt pulled out of the ass just for convenience.
The way they conducted IOI's activities as a whole was wrong and the whole movoe I just kept thinking "so where are the f***ing cops in all this?". Yet again, in the book it made sense, but in this film it was just ignored for convenience. They turned an intelligent antagonist into a bumbling shallow one.
It was pretty to watch, and the references were enjoyable. But as someone who originally read (and enjoyed) the book, this is one film I'm fine with not seeing again.
The Good:- The Oasis itself and the world within, was spectacularly done by Spielberg.- The CGI isn't laughable in any stages of the film. It's a thrill ride from beginning to end.- Massive action scenes are handled beautifully. As per usual from Steven Spielberg.- The pop culture references, for the most part, had me going a bit nuts.- The overall story was okay though.- But this movie takes risks, and the risks pay off (You know the one).
The Bad:- The ending was far too predictable.- The contrast between the real world and the virtual one was too strong, and needed to be toned down. Especially for the moral to work properly. - The villian, though good in some respects. Lacks originality, and doesn't have a full motivation, that we saw. - Though it does seem to have it's own style, the contrasting issue comes in again with the frontal look of the film. Making it feel dull in some places.
An absolute nerdfest, especially for those of us who were teens in the 80's. The pop culture references come thick and fast in a film that threatens (though never does) to overload the senses. There are loads of articles and videos online going into depth, with checklists of 'every' Easter Egg in the film (am sure they missed a few, as did I), but many have overlooked the biggest cultural reference of them all. By this, I mean Spielberg himself. Here, he returns to his childlike sense of wonder and glee that has been missing from many of his films over this last few years. Yes, Bridge of Spies was great, and I enjoyed War Horse, but I missed the Spielberg of ET, Close Encounters, and the original Indiana Jones movie trilogy. Yet here he is, blasting us with pure nostalgia with filmmaking that only he is truly capable of, and it's that, in amongst every other reference in the film (one scene towards the middle will blow your mind) that made me truly enjoy this film.
Sadly, of course, there are critics who have come down hard on the film. Yet the film isn't made for them. If it had been packed with references to Andrei Tarkovsky and Ingmar Bergman, with 3D subtitles and film noir subtexts, they would have been in seventh heaven. Unfortunately, many of them don't know one end of a joypad from another, and the only type of Spielberg film in their blu-ray collections are Lincoln (yawn) and Schindler's List. THIS IS A FILM FOR EVERYBODY ELSE, those who enjoy childlike escapism, who played Dungeons and Dragons, and who still miss the much lamented sci-fi series Firefly. Ready Player One isn't a perfect film, there are times when it drags, but give it a chance (overlook it's occasional shortcoming) and enjoy it for the pure escapist fare it is. And don't forget the message at the end of the film.
It's doubtful there will be a sequel, but if Ernest Cline ever wants to write Ready Player Two, I hope Spielberg gets to make the movie. Game on!
Save your money and buy the book instead.
After the trailer was released I got myself the book but after reading it I did not think it was so great. Yes, the references are cool but take that out and you are left with a rather generic story. And there is another catch. Those references work best on people who grew up in the 80s. And since the story itself is geared towards a young audience, today, I am not sure if they can grasp all of them.In any way, the book still is much better than the movie. The movie is entertaining and basically a CGI fest. The story in the book has more layers and is more interesting. The whole background is missing and the story is changed in huge parts to adapt it to a movie script. There doesn't seem to be anything really at stake here - you know who will win in the end.
If you are like me and read the book, you'll be mostly disappointed. Except for some parts of its ending and the main story arc, this story is completely different from the book. It's enjoyable nonetheless and many will like it; I just had all these images from the book already in my head...There were also alot of plot holes. Everything felt kinda out of place and patched together. I'd recommend to wait for the DVD/Blu-Ray release or if it's available on Amazon or Netflix.
Sadly, the film goes at some points (that would make the story way more interesting) the short way into action instead of the original Storyline. Characters act differently as they are known due to the book (read here Morrows and Daito) and to end the film with a Happy ending was a f*d up decision because the open end in the Book makes way more sense for the viewer and reader.
Everyone who likes these Film, please read the book!
As a personal Note towards Ernest Cline: It is a shame when our heroes doesn't understand our Stories, our passion and change them due to lame studio decisions. "Human passions have mysterious ways, in children as well as grown-ups. Those affected by them can’t explain them, and those who haven’t known them have no understanding of them at all." - Michael Ende, The Neverending Story
film of the year for me ...
Brilliantly fun, well written and directed, LOTS of references some subtle others quite obvious to movies, games, characters, etc... kept smiling from start to finish. great movie.
Wasted my life not watching this in the cinemas.
Being an old fart I got most of if not all the references made in the book.Almost none of them made it into the film, in fact the film can at best be described as derived from or inspired by the book.I don't really remember Halliday as being portrayed as a retarded person in the book which he is in this film, I believe you can actually be fairly competent with computers without lacking basic social skills.And the whole dynamic between Watts and Cooke is weird as hell when you realize that a girl who's actually model grade material is supposed to be average looking deformed by a horrible birthmark.How shallow do you have to be for that to make sense?The book version of the Oasis is not a game, it is much more than that.I can't believe Cline signed his name on this script, on its own I guess it's fairly entertaining all though somewhat juvenile but as a book adaptation it's absolutely horrible.
I had a high opinion on it when it was in development before it hit are screens and it lived up to that because it was a key of fun packed, action packed, easter egg packed of awesomeness. Steven Spielberg has levelled up again, never fails to amaze me on his talent to make a film that's worth watching for all ages, also has a wise choice on the cast that supported it the whole way and if you're a gamer or film buff or both you'll love it even more because it was a great play through, defiantly a missing trophy achievement to unlock for your collection and feel it could be reality in the real world one day..
Entertaining, though lacklustre in telling an original story.The highlight for me personally was definitely when the main characters enter The Shining. The way this is created looks to true to the source material and is full of recognisable moments from Kubrick's movie. Also, the way the added scenes tie into the original is really well done and the way the characters interact with the scenes we all know is good for a chuckle or two (like the scene with Aech and the twins).
The story itself is nothing special; poor guy gets a chance to make the world a better place for himself and everybody else by stopping an evil corporation from getting absolute power and in the end succeeds in doing so against all odds.But that is not why you watch this movie. You watch it to be entertained and on that front it delivers. There is no point in the movie where you are bored as there is so much visual spectacle to behold throughout the entire movie. The effects are always great and the most fun thing in this movie is spotting the references to pop-culture both past and present. And trust me, there are a lot.
So even though the plot is nothing special, if you're looking for a movie to just have a good time with this one won't disappoint.
This really isn't my kind of film usually, but I went to see it at the cinema, and I genuinely enjoyed it. I think any film that has excellent storytelling and great actors that make you care about the characters will always be a great combination. Of course, it's directed by Spielberg, so you can't go far wrong with that feller.
Reviewing Ready Player One is rather easy. If you have grown up with 70/80s video games, movies and music you will love it. If you don’t know you this era very very well you will likely not even notice how good the movie is and will find it mediocre or as millennials say „meh“. The movie is not just about an easteregg hunt, RPO is itself one giant easteregg. Now the whole thing about eastereggs is that you must know they exist in order to find them. If you don‘t know (or care) what the original Batmobile, A-Team van or Akira bike looked like you will not even see them. And there are literally a thousand of those hidden references and cameos packed into RPO. As for gender gap I won‘t deny that there are women who know about all this stuff but they are in the minority. Especially for the video game part which coincidentally makes the biggest part of the movie. I would give this 5 out of 5 stars if not for two things. I thought the third key puzzle was rather weak compared to the first two (especially the second one). And secondly I could have done with out the “morale” at the end about enjoying real life rather than virtuality. That was a bit on the nose and unnecessary.
Like a rebooted retro video game, the music is lame (the 80's were the worst decade for pop in the history of music), the action is sick and the replay value is high.
While the film feels a little long for what it is, the story is solid and the pacing is fine but the real draw of Ready Player One is the visuals. The cinematography is often startling and the special effects were well done which is important because this film is nothing but special effects. I saw it in 3D and was glad I did, so if you're wondering if you should splurge on 4K for this, I'd say definitely yes.
There's an abundance of Easter eggs, though some of them might go over the heads of younger viewers (how many tweens have seen John Boorman's glam opus Excalibur?), and there are so many eggs crammed in here that you may find yourself becoming a tad sick of them by the end. It's fun to spot the references, but they do sometimes get in the way of the storytelling.
Spielberg delivers a fun film, though a bit too over the top at moments and there's one giant WTF people will be joking about as much as room for one more on Rose's raft. Still, Ready Player One is a pure popcorn movie and lives up to the hype, which is a difficult enough chore in these demanding times.
I really hope they'll make it as good as the book. It's almost everything I like about SciFi
Absolutely love the book. Cannot wait.
fantastic!!!! the references to pop culture made me to remember of my childhood. movie of the year and nothing matters but my opinion
This was a surprisingly enjoyable movie! I did not expect it to be so interesting and exciting and I can't say I regret watching it. The pop culture references took it over the top. Really well done. Bravo, Spielberg and co.!
At 1hr 14 minutes you can see Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un on a billboard
Great movie, I love the references!
Great movie...and references was very good
1 / 2 directing & technical aspect1 / 1 story1 / 1 act I1 / 1 act II1 / 1 act III1 / 1 acting0 / 1 writing0 / 1 originality0 / 1 lasting ability to make you think
0 / 1 misc
6 out of 10
Should've been called "I love the 70s, 80s, and 90s."
I really liked this one! Almost gave it a 9. Ok ok, I am a sucker for these exact kind of movies, but I just can't get enough of the creativity and detail. In psychology, the word "dissociation" is any of a wide array of experiences from mild detachment from immediate surroundings to more severe detachment from physical and emotional experiences. And dissociation is a real thing that people actually do. So, for me, the appeal of this movie is the best part of the movie. In today's world people want out and people get out using various methods like drugs and alcohol or the more acceptable ones like entertainment or sports. Virtual reality is one method that is growing like crazy these days and there are already games that are several years in the making that are just like the Oasis. People want to escape any way they can and I really believe that in the future VR is going to be a big player.
Enjoyable movie, solid acting, great direction and impressive visuals. All that you can expect from Mr. Spielberg at this point. But as great as all the things before are, I think this movie suffers a similar syndrome to Avatar in which great directing and visuals cover up a fairly generic story. If you analyze the story it’s actually fairly simplistic and not much is done to expand it from that point:
You have an orphan main character that’s living in a toxic environment and therefore uses a device (in this movie’s case the OASIS) as a distraction from the shitty situation he’s in. Meets a curious girl through weird circumstances who he hastily falls in love with and declares it instantly. An evil company with a villain type character with a few henchmen (at least one being comic relief) that do most of the dirty work. Then you get to the different steps of the always three step quest and our hero, despite all odds and a final battle beats the quest only to get to another surprise test™ which he aces without any issue only to discover the true intentions of the creator. The villain gives up like a chump despite being pretty determined 30 seconds ago and not being really convinced to give up on what he was doing. Characters get what they want, end of movie.
I understand that there’s only so much you can do to vary some storylines but I appreciate when people at least try which I felt wasn’t really the case here. I don’t hate the movie, I think the OASIS is a very good concept of a possibility of the future but I feel the some of the characters, especially the opposition could have been polished more. As a gamer I can appreciate nods to the community as well as topics like online friendships that I can identify with myself. Of course you had some other nice nods to pop culture I can also appreciate.
All in all a good movie if you can ignore the more generic aspects of the story, 7.5/10
Impressive visuals, full of references to various games, game characters, movies. Didn't like the message, and the premise was flawed ( exactly one game with no competitors in a future with full dive VR tech? ). Overall I enjoyed the movie and would watch it again.
It has been good, the part in real and the part in virtual, although it would be necessary to see it 2 times to pay attention to the tributes that you jumped for happening out of focus
Didn't know anything about the movie, really enjoyed it, would watch again
I was very pleased with Ready Player One. I tried reading the book but was thrown off by a very unlikable Wade Watt's. The movie improves his character, and the story as a whole that is perfect for the big screen. For a movie that is mostly just CG it felt incredibly real and tangible. I would highly recommend seeing this movie in theaters; this is a movie made for the big screen.
Ready Player One - Based on the Novel by Ernest Cline
Ready Player One has everything that is needed for an amazing movie - Romance, Drama, Loss, Comedy and Action - I really enjoyed this some things where like Woah like Aech (The big "dude" who makes cars and stuff) is actually a girl in the real world I mean she did say anyone in the oasis could be a middle aged girl who acts like a man - Watching them complete everything and how ioi trys to destroy everyone was just thrilling I did like Ogden (The Librarian dude) I thought it was just an AI But it was a real person - I do wonder how he was on their 24/7 - The ending was quite weird Halliday's Oasis character apparently isn't a robot but isn't a human... Halliday irl is dead but that person looked like an AI - it was like a cliff hanger kinda, I will be personally pissed if Ready Player Two doesn't get made!
Once I started to find out a little bit about “Ready Player One” the book, and how a good chunk of its appeal was based on all the pop culture references it contained, I wondered how they could make a movie that would appeal to a broad audience of people and not just people my age (35+) who love this kind of nostalgic stuff and would be familiar with it. When I saw the trailers, they just didn’t seem to connect with me. But I’m pleased to say that Steven Spielberg has done a pretty good job of balancing nostalgia with enough current references to video games and virtual reality to appeal to kids of today as well as adults.
“READY PLAYER ONE” follows Wade (played by Tye Sheridan), a guy who escapes his poverty-and-problem-filled life by entering THE OASIS, a virtual reality video game world where you can be pretty much anything you want, and look however you want. The reclusive creator of the OASIS, described as kind of a mix of Steve Jobs & Willy Wonka (and played by Oscar-winner Mark Rylance) has died. But his final act is to declare that whatever player can find three keys he hid inside the virtual world, will inherit the trillion-dollar company. Nobody has had any luck for years, until Wade finally breaks through and finds the first key. From there it’s a race through the OASIS (and the real world) for Wade and several others who are also hoping to win the game, including the head of a mega-corporation that wants to own the OASIS so they can make even MORE money.
I really enjoyed how this movie played out. Of course, I was looking forward to the pop culture references and seeing how many I could spot, and I was not disappointed. I spotted A LOT, and I didn’t even scratch the surface of all the stuff they had hidden in there. I looked through some photos after the movie and it was like those “Where’s Waldo” books. Just SO MUCH stuff crammed in almost every shot in the movie. The more you know about 80’s movies and games, the more fun you’ll have watching this.
It also had a very likeable cast, led by Tye Sheridan and Mark Rylance. But we also get Ben Mendelsohn (from Rogue One), Olivia Cooke, T.J. Miller (from Deadpool & Big Hero 6) and Hannah John-Kamen (from Game of Thrones). Spielberg plays to their strengths, and it's interesting if you remember they only are live-acting for half the movie. The other half, they’re voice acting their OASIS avatars. So it’s doubly impressive, in my opinion.
No surprise that the visuals in the movie are amazing, but I also liked the message the movie (eventually) tells about why even though we often want to get away from real life hardships by disappearing into a virtual world where we can be whatever we want, it’s so important to try and improve our real world and not just escape from it.
A couple of warnings though… it is rated PG-13 and has some fairly intense moments. There’s a scene literally ripped out of the movie “The Shining” where it could be pretty freaky for young viewers. It also has a lot of references to video games (no surprise) and uses a lot of video game slang that might seem like a foreign language to those not familiar with how those online worlds work. So you might think twice before taking a kid under age 10 or 11, but on the other hand you might also need them to explain the video game slang to you!
Overall, however, I really enjoyed “READY PLAYER ONE” and can’t wait to see it again. I found it to be a fun mixture of action and mystery, puzzles and peril, touchstones to the past and touches of the future. Sometimes watching the movie was like playing a game of Pop Culture “I Spy” and (I am just the target audience for that!) but I didn't feel like the movie relied too heavily on the pop culture references alone for you to understand the story, but instead those images/references played just enhanced what was happening and/or acted as bonus fun for those who were familiar with them. Personally, I couldn't believe that 1) there was a reference to the movie "Krull" (the "ninja star" that cuts off I-Rok's arm) and 2) that I easily and completely got the reference while I'm sure everyone else in the theater was wondering what this weirdo was laughing about.
Worth pointing out that I have only read the first 15 pages of the book so I’m speaking as someone who only knew the basics about the story before watching it. And fitting that on Easter weekend, a movie full of “Easter Eggs” comes to theaters!
I encourage you to give this one a try!
You know how there are many movies and games with lots of Easter eggs in them? Well, this Easter egg had a lot of movies and games in it. There's more Easter eggs in this movie than seconds! Seriously, blink and you can be certain that you're going to miss something.
Gamers and movie buffs will fall in love with this, nostalgic people will get quite high on it, sci-fi nerds will enjoy this, and everyone else should just appreciate how fun and entertaining this movie is.
In an age of lackluster blockbusters, this is one blockbuster well done.
Solid and fun. If I had to guess the 80s director that directed it, though, I would have guessed Zemeckis and not Spielberg. Why? Manic and fast paced. Loud and funny. Great action and just a good time, but very, very little heart. That is why this was not a 10, but a solid 9 for certain. 9/10
Ready Player One is as exciting as a blockbuster can be offering thrills around every corner with a beautifully-created virtual world at the centre of it. The ensemble cast is great and the film is mostly filled with little references rather than the direct references that the book takes. The film can seem a little rushed at the start in setting the world and the final act can feel a little prolonged but that all doesn’t matter when the story gets tied up perfectly in Spielberg-fashion.
Steven Spielberg took what I thought would be an unfilmable book and created a magical world, full to the brim of pop culture references that everyone can enjoy. Who really doubted Spielberg though?
A pop culture fun fest that makes you proud to call yourself a Spielberg fan!
Um bom filme em tempos! Todo mundo já sabe que é um bom filme sobre cultura pop, mas também sobre a preocupação real com o futuro da humanidade e a realidade virtual. Não estamos muito distantes disso, um oásis é tudo o que queremos após um dia fatídico.
I absolutely loved it. I realize it's manipulatively cashing in on nostalgia, but even that aside (which admittedly made me giddy a few times) it's just a solid adventure film, with a pretty good, timely message.
I don't think people really understand the importance of this film. I know that many will write this off as a film about video games. If that were true then E.T. was about aliens. Both films were about the human condition, of course. Besides that this film really blazed a trail into new areas of movie making. I didn't expect much from this (I thought it was a fun movies with lots of 80's references) and I was really blown away.
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The nerd in me loved the shit out of this movie. The movie lover in me saw the Swiss cheese plot holes.
I have not seen a movie so naive in my life. And I was raised on naive movies in the '80s.
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The actors were actually pretty horrible. I didnt care, you wont either, it is what it is. And we dont get too many acting gems now-a-days anyway. The story, well it was attrocious at times, and it was very predictible, but I didnt really care about that either. This is all about the “remember when”, and flowing the movie around that. I’d give it a solid 6. Very much a family movie, so the kids can watch with dad on this one. Not really one for the whole family, but the guys and daddy’s girls will love bonding behind something like this.
It is a tough sell, to think the whole world would play a game and that it would spill out into the streets and all. I could not get totally into the film because I did not feel like the what they built really supported that, but the movie was still very fun. Various references certainly made a lot of people happy, and the minor appearance of RX-78-2 was right on my nerd alley.
Enjoyed watching it, virtual reality games are what I look for in the future. Hopefully!!
Great ride, needed more Metal Gear Rex, Metal Gear Ray and Solid Snake
This is what happens when everyone plays the same VR game!
This is the coolest movie of the year till now.
Awesome CGI, good story and hell of an action.
This is the best Game based movie i've ever watched
This was a very fun movie. It has lots of pop culture references and is an underdog movie at its best. The graphics and games were well done. The only issue that I had with this movie was the ending. Obviously, I have no issued with who won, it was more the anticlimactic way it happened. Theres a huge war followed by a real life battle and chase scene, only to have it all end with the antagonist essentially changing his mind. Other than that, it was all a lot of good fun.
very weak. I did not even finish it. Waste of time.
Fun movie and takes you on a ride thru all sorts of pop culture and gaming references.
i have mixed feelings about this movie. i appreciated the memes and everything but it falls into the category of nostalgic 80s movies that is just as progressive as actual 80s movies AKA not, at all.
goods things:- all things back to the future, counting the music cues- the sidekicks, with some actual diversity there- especially the female lead- friendship
not so good things:- the female lead is pretty quickly dismissed as a sidekick/love interest only- like, seriously, she takes down the barrier, meaning if she didn't risk her life to do it, no one could have won, yet she gets zero credits for it- we barely learn anything about the main characters friends despite friendship being the literal kEY. like, if that's the main theme of your movie, maybe actually show us the kids interacting and bonding? - the main character's friends also help a lot, but somehow, its only the main character who wins / gets credit until HE decides to share it with them. its not like they earned the reward together? - the main premise is literally worshipping some dead guy and analyzing all his vlog and blog entries - he had a crush on a girl, so he trapped her avatar in a mini game with zombies ? ok, not creepy at all. it's funny that we don't even learn anything else about kira, than being pretty - the main character makes a pretty big decision for the love interest, taking away all her agency, because "it's for her own good"- the female lead is not interested in the main guy, and dismisses his advances, but once they meet he calls her birthmark beautiful she's swoon. also, like, no offense but the writing made it seem like she had something tragic going on and then, its a completely pretty girl with a birthmark? yes, every teenage girl is an insecure mess and needs a guys approval /sarcasm
A true CGI masterpiece! This was a really enjoyable movie that geeks will love for sure.
Cool with future technology game and next world maybe is real.
Kickass Ready Player One.. Any 80’s kid loves a Fanboy Classic made Great.. 9.9 STARZ
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The movie was pretty good.
When I first heard about it, it felt like it would be a Fifty shades for geeks kinda movie, but having Spielberg and the expected budget, it could probably turn out pretty good. It did.
First and obviously, it is visually stunning. CGI is now on a level where it's not disrupting the story at all, it looks beautiful. So much that the real life scenes are... I first wrote "kinda disappointing in comparison", but after finishing detailling what was wrong about them I'm gonna go for "totally botched". The intro scene is actually good, when you ses the stacks and everyone connected. Almost all the other real life scene are highly defective.
The story and action in themselves are pretty basic but entertaining. Some racing, some fighting, riddle solving (kinda). It's an ok+ adventure/action movie in its own right.
Now the big selling point is the overwhelming quantity of references everywhere all the time. The biggest and most obvious ones (developped characters or actions or symbolic) are cool when they integrate in the story. Apart from that I guess it would be interesting to watch the movie frame by frame and count every little reference you can spot, but that doesn't bring anything to the experience if you just consider watching a movie, specially the first time in a cinema.
I would have expected a lot more sound and music references though, but it's mostly visual. Also, the main quest is about Halliday references and not pop cultre knowledge which makes it harder for the viewer to be invested in it.
Acting level is basic, not much needed though as most of the story is CGI.
Lots of shortcut make several things seem weird. It takes out most of the interest of what should have been the story. Instead everything is oversimplified and way too easy, there's no actual challenges it's almost children story level.
The actual challenges did not look that difficult at all. Nobody found these out in years, even by chance, and when a corporation is spending millions working on it ?
The hero knows exactly which 5 minutes part of Halliday's life holds the clue to each challenge, we never see him searching or looking at anything else.
Also it's a race to win the first economic resource in the world and total dominion over a place most of the population spends most of its time. And there's basically no competition. It's Parzival and his friends against IOI. That's it. Most people got over it because nothing was found for a lot of time. OK. But nobody else than the people he knows is working on it ? It doesn't become a big thing again after they get the first key ? Really nobody else seems interested in it. Moreover they have spent years searching, never giving up and then everyone seems to immediately accept that it's for him. There's not even a competition between them, never. That's crazy when you think what the prize is.
Most real world scenes are lacking and are definitely not on the same level as the OASIS ones. It's like they've just been added as an afterthought.
For instance security at IOI is incredibly laughable. She gets from her cell to the CEO office just like that ? Noone and nothing to stop her. Also the CEO office is conveniently located just a few floors above their almost prisons ?Or how Sorento goes and try to take thing in his own hands at the end when he has litteral armies (of human and drones) at his disposition, even more how he just gives up in the end for no reason.IOI has soldiers, military drones every where, they run what is a scam/forced labor business, they basically destroy a building, and nobody seems to care.Art3mis has him kidnapped, and.. nothing. It's just accepted. No question, no how did she find him, no wondering if there wasn't a nicer way to meet, nothing.By the way, Parzival would have been 12 when the hunt began, and Sho 5 ?
The OASIS is supposed to connect the whole world. What are the odds that everybody he knows, and everybody interested in the egg lives in a 5km radius ? I think that's really the keypoint that shows that every real life scene was crammed there as an afterthought. It really makes no sense. Maybe just to be able to push the end moral. How would you sell the "real life is more important" crap if you never show real life in the movie.
And isn't it weird that Morrow is totally ok with the egg hunt ? Doesn't he want to participate. And how weird is it that he seems totally ok with the key to one of the challenges being that Halliday didn't score with his wife?
I get that people are addicted to the OASIS, it's better than real life, etc. It's really well shown in the beginning, but would people seriously play fighting VR games while out on the street ?? That scene during the final fight where every single person in the street is actually randomly kicking and punching around is ridiculous.
I find it really weird that nobody is hacking the OASIS. First if there's an easter egg, there's some code of it somewhere. Nobody looked for it ? Given the economic power of it, nobody is hacking or using glitches in the OASIS to exploit it. There's no character that just multiply equipment or whatever. It also would have been interesting to show people's knowledge of the OASIS by taking advantage of glitches, but no. And when IOI is looking for someone, it's only via drones and agents in real life. No hacking, IP tracing or whatever. This all would be weird but passable if it was totally ignored but seeing that they DO hack Sorento's feed at some point. And given the difficulty of that and that it apparently didn't gave them any sweat, how come simpler stuff is not omnipresent ?
The pseudo moral is stupid. It's shown in the intro how and why real life sucks for most people, including the hero. And then, now that he's a billionaire, he decides that it's more important to spend time in real life, well color me suprised! That's a shocker. And so he decides to shut down the OASIS two days a week to force people to live in real life. Well, how does that handle time zones ? What about people that could only access it on these days because of their real life work maybe ? What about people whose work is in the OASIS ? Because there certainly seem to be a huge business there.
In the end, I'm not sure how rewatchable it is, except for looking for references or fast forwarding to action scenes.
I was totally engulfed. the best I have seen so far this year. with nice soundtracks too.
Its a big plate for who likes games and spilberg productions
This was a fun movie with a solid cast and some beautifully designed cinematics. There were a lot of references to various bits of pop culture but unfortunately they were never made a big deal of. However, the ability to have them and not distract from the main story was actually, perhaps, a good thing. It was fun, well made and worth watching!
Very enjoyable film, i cant help getting a feeling that this is a geeky film,since i went to see this movie with my sister(the social type) and to her its like this was a more modern variant space jam. Despite of that, its very well built and some references that most people would know. That "retro" soundtrack looked really cool with the subject of this film,more than appropriate i would say. Overall acting was good, although i noticed some moments that it felt like they were literally reading their lines.Great movie for the family, its something that shouldnt be missed.
I realy enjoyed the movie, as i enjoyed the book. They are different, but for me, it's the right kind of difference. I will rewatch it, so thst i can test my knowledge of the 80's.
As a gamer, I enjoyed this a lot. Some great references to games/movies throughout.
Man, this movie is terrific!!! As someone who plays VR regularly, I approve this movie and all the concepts of the OASIS.
Although it sidestepped and deviated from the book quite a lot, and made changes (that worked surprisingly well), I thought this was a pretty well done book to movie adaptation. I won't lie, I was extremely hesitant about is as those first couple trailers came out for it, and really all the way up until finally seeing it, but I'm glad I gave it a shot, surprised me in more ways than one. Its a vision done by someone, other than what you've pictured in your head while reading it. Yes there are plot holes, and giant character flaws and stupid things you can nitpick all day. But this came out WAY better than I saw it going, which is to say, terribly.
Extremely "Spielberg-y", ie. Family issues, dad issues, and so on, but that's to be expected.
I cried, new favourite, must watch
I am so hyped for this one, this wednesday I will check this out! :D
I consider nostalgia to be a mental defect, so I fully expected to be annoyed as hell by a movie that fawned over nerd crap that was popular (and I was definitely into) when I was growing up. But I went anyway.
And that's probably exactly what we would've gotten if not for Spielberg's mastery of his craft. Instead, he manages to weave a pop-culture mishmash into a fine tapestry that almost never goes overboard. It all makes sense in the context of the story. And really, who's better suited to tell an 80s-style story about a group of teens than Steven Spielberg?
The movie's not perfect, and there are some big plot holes and logical leaps. But it's a really fun movie, and it also has some interesting things to say about our current-day culture and where we're heading.
Awesome, a ton of references to games, animations and anime that fans will love. Nice story, good acting and soundtrack, totally worth it. Can't wait for the home version to enjoy it again and again.
Absolute Bad ASS! So Spielberg-esque with film adaptation elements (alternating from the book) that were perfect! Anybody under 35, this is what Gen-X grew up with - the 1980's were littered with movie gems like this one. I am going to watch this again with my son!
Clever. Funny. Adventurous. Just a great movie for everyone (maybe a little terrifying for young children). The writing is brilliant. Movie, SciFi, Literary, Pop and Gaming references from every era. Old people will think the kids won't get the references. Young people will think it is only for their generation. But they will both be wrong. There are so many Easter Eggs in this that it would take an encyclopedic endeavour to point them all out (and I'm sure the true nerds will give it a try). Great and complex CGI. Good performances. I give this movie a 9 (superb) out of 10 and encourage people to see it on the big screen in 3D with popcorn. [SciFi Adventure]
The only media reference they left out that would have made the movie perfect for me would be VJ EMMIE ON THE MICROPHONE! “THE MOVIE’S ON!”
A very fun popcorn flick. It's almost a pop culture overload, I want to see this again to try and find what I missed. The story is pretty decent. It's simple, feels like a video game and has a few cliches but that's fine. The music is fun and upbeat and fits right in with the movie's tone. The acting is good, I thought Mark Rylance was the best. The effects were great. There is a lot going on at one time so it's hard to focus on one thing but it looks great. The whole The Shinning scene was really something cool. If you haven't seen that then you might be confused but as a fan of the movie I thought is was a really awesome scene.
Uncontrollably magnficent. A tremendous artistic cyber-fantasy.
a'm also waiting this movie
Absolutely loved the book! Can't wait for the movie to come out!!! <3