Ready Player One
Ready Player One is a 2018 American science fiction adventure film produced and directed by Steven Spielberg, and written by Zak Penn and Ernest Cline, based on Cline's 2011 novel of the same name. The film stars Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn, Lena Waithe, T.J. Miller, Simon Pegg, and Mark Rylance.
The film takes place in the year 2045, when much of humanity uses the virtual reality software OASIS to escape the desolation of the real world. Orphaned teenager Wade Watts (Sheridan) discovers clues to a hidden game within the program that promises the winner full ownership of the OASIS, and joins several allies to try to complete the game before a large company run by businessman Nolan Sorrento (Mendelsohn) can do so.
Why It Rocks
- It's really faithful to the novel and source material of the novel.
- Included songs from the 1970s and the 1980s, which is very nostalgic (for example: "Take on Me! by A-ha!).
- The acting was great.
- Very likable characters, including the main protagonist named Wade.
- The setting was handled very well, especially when the movie took place in the year, 2045.
- The idea of a virtual world in 2045 is really amazing.
- Very creative and well done visuals.
- The references to other video games and even The Shining are reasonable, and are used very well like any other movie. Now this is how you do pop culture references.
- The action was epic and brilliant.
- The story makes a lot of sense like in the novel.
- Amazing music score.
- The realism is all the time epic, from the action-packed cinematography to the somewhat political undertones.
- It has a lot of cameos like the Iron Giant, Gundam, and Mechagodzilla.
- It is a lot more imaginative and free-spirited than other Steven Spielberg films.
- It is one of the rare movies to use pop culture references right like Wonder.
- Misused cameo: the Iron Giant is used as a giant mecha that fights, instead of a gentle peaceful robot. Though it makes sense a little bit, because the Iron Giant reacts defensively whenever someone points a gun at him. (There is an explanation for this. The Iron Giant was used after the company could not get the rights for Ultraman.)
Ready Player One was met with positive reviews and critical acclaim, with critics praising its visuals, brisk pacing, and Rylance's performance, although the perceived lack of character development and so-called "achingly regressive" view of pop culture fans was criticized. The film was noted to have significant differences from the book, with some critics calling the film's plot an improvement over the source material, and it was considered to be the fourth highest grossing film of 2018.
It was also considered to be one of the best movies of 2018.
- Ready Player One was originally going to be released in December 15th, 2017, but was pushed back to March 28th, 2018 to avoid competition with Star Wars: The Last Jedi. The film was pushed back again, but this time, set to be released on March 29th, 2018.
- Despite the movie being released in 2018, the movie was produced in 2017.
- The film includes licensed music from the 1970s and 1980s, which appears on the digital-only album Ready Player One: Songs From The Motion Picture.
- In the original novel, the Iron Giant's role was actually given to the popular Japanese tokusatsu hero Ultraman. Ultraman was excluded from the film version because Tsuburaya Productions, the creators of the Ultra series, were in a legal dispute with another company over the foreign distribution rights. Tsuburaya later said that if the dispute was not going on, Ultraman would have been included.