Ready Player One by Steven Spielberg
When the creator of a virtual reality world called the OASIS dies, he releases a video in which he challenges all OASIS users to find his Easter Egg, which will give the finder his fortune.
Ready Player One is finally out! So many in my family and friend circles are massive fans of the book so I was really excited for this movie to come out...and I was especially excited because of two key reasons:
1) the book author's Ernest Cline co-wrote the script, and
2) Steven Spielberg, the orchestrator of 80s pop culture magic, was at the helm.
Overall I'd say the movie is pretty good. The balancing scale looks like this...
* Thin characters
* Heavy exposition
* While very fun, a lot of the pop culture references were quite rushed
* Hit or miss comedy
* Little emotion with the main characters
* Uninteresting secondary villains
* Thrilling action
* As mentioned before, VERY FUN pop culture references that put big geeky smiles on your face
* Great concept
* Strong sub-character emotion (in this case, the Oasis creator Halliday)
* Good main villain
While I think the movie missed some big opportunities to tug on our heart strings more with stronger character development and story themes (for example, reality escapism), I can't deny that it was a fun movie to go watch. Nothing special; but that's ok, we always the have book.
Two standouts: the opening action scene and Mark Rylance's heartfelt performance as Halliday.
I give Ready Player One a B-.