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Ready Player One - Movie Review
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Ready Player One – Movie Review

Plot:

“In 2045, much of Earth’s population centers have become slum-like cities due to overpopulation, pollution, corruption, and climate change. To escape their desolation, people engage in the virtual reality world of the OASIS (Ontologically Anthropocentric Sensory Immersive Simulation), where they can engage in numerous activities for work, education, and entertainment.

Users have discovered “Anorak’s Quest” hidden within OASIS, a game created by the late James Halliday, the creator of OASIS.

The first to find the Easter eggs within Anorak’s Quest is promised full ownership of OASIS among other gifts.

This has attracted a number of Gunters (“egg hunters”) to play the game.

Innovative Online Industries (IOI), a video game conglomerate and manufacturer of most the virtual reality equipment used to access the OASIS, also seeks ownership of the virtual reality world, and its CEO, Nolan Sorrento has amassed an army of debt-indentured players, known as Sixers (due to their six-digit identification), to seek the prize.

However, to date, no one has been able to complete the first quest, finishing a vehicle race across an ever-shifting dangerous city-space.”

Ready Player One - Movie Review

Review:

Ready Player One had Steven Spielberg there, and the sort of hype.

I didn’t want to get this hype, I was like “I want to stay objective here”.

You know is great seeing Steven Spielberg, one of my idols, you know you wanted to be a director for a period of your life. So, I had not to let that change my opinion of the film, and I got to say I think actually ends up making it better.

Game films are usually awful, they’re terrible, they have bad reputation industry.

But I have this guilty pleasure, I love Mortal Kombat and loved the Assassins Creed adaptation too. But basically, this is one of the best I saw.

Not the best movie in my opinion, but the best video game movie I’ve seen, and it’s not just video games, it’s a wonderful love letter from Mr. Spielberg to pop culture, to gaming, to my childhood, even to some of his films.

The reason is that it feels like a video game, but not in how critics use that as a bad word.

This feels like an extended video game cut-scene, which is always an insult, but with Steven Spielberg, it’s a compliment, you and every gamer should see this film. If you’re a gamer go out and see this thing, I’m already giving it my best score this year.

Pretty much anybody can enjoy this movie, not just gamers but so we have a round-table of opinions related to games of all genres.

Gets worse here since some had seen the book or listen to the audio-book which I hear is also really good. I haven’t read the book at all, know nothing about it, I saw the trailers and I liked the gaming reference.

They wanted to make sure that it’s a different medium and so you can’t just go I’m going to make it up, take this book and translate it directly into a movie, page by page, word for word, because they specifically said it. this is where Hollywood fails in understanding games.

I think this film stands on its own separate from the book or the video game, as just a movie watcher I saw a whole lot of things that you can reference from the 80s movies back into you know nowadays.

There’s an overwatch character in it, that most of the people who play the game they’re going to be extremely excited to see it running about, it was really cool, it’s very well done. Honestly as a gamer, as somebody who loves action, a lot of these sequences I was worried that they would sort of use the gamer feeling and throw it away, and in a disingenuous way.

But here it felt like it was a loving way, it’s almost as if Spielberg was a gamer himself. He actually did say he plays video games since 1974 when he was filming jaws, probably playing pong, but I’m telling you as a gamer I can feel that translate to the screen, unlike a lot of other movies where you see these types of references, and you feel it, just doesn’t translate well.

Ready Player One - Movie Review

The Oasis is this virtual reality world, essentially CGI. I was worried that the entire movie was going to be like that but after 10-15 minutes I just didn’t even notice it anymore. I mean you know that it’s CGI but you stopped caring.

There were a couple scenes where it’s almost gratuitous, there’re many effects and other than looking cool they did a lot of interesting things with the moving camera or just the point of view in the CG that I felt if you have vertigo you can’t watch this.

If the entire film was live-action we wanted to play in this video game space where a lot of video game cinematics play, the movie space felt like this great sort of back and forth and that Spielberg was feeling comfortable in this area. Sort of paying homage to what video games can do in real life, and going a little more grandiose, so in my opinion all the CGI was fantastic, it was great-looking, it was on the level as for me Avatar felt.

I probably liked this film as much as Avatar. It might be the nostalgia or the gaming in it.

it was a good story too but what did I felt about the CGI were really cool things like pinning around dancing effects, and then they turn the camera in several unexpected ways. Honestly, I wouldn’t have seen that done very well in other movies.

Character designs, I expected that I would like them, and that’s because some of the good characters behind those designs did a whole lot of good story building behind it, so you can see why they chose how they looked in the game.

They had two different design teams, one for outside and one for inside the Oasis, so you actually see it different from when they’re inside the game to win, or they’re outside of the gate. I loved that in the film, going back and forth between the two worlds felt really natural.

The world is so great and that it’s a virtual reality thing, almost anything is possible, you almost wish that the Oasis was real, that we had that technology, and we know, right now VR is not quite there. Maybe 30 years from now, hopefully…

For me, one of the weaknesses of the film was this love story. I don’t know how it is in the book but the play between the main characters and the female character, Artemis, have this connection and this sort of love story, a relationship, that’s supposed to develop throughout the film and I felt like that was a little rushed.

I guess it’s easier for a book to tell that kind of story. In the film they play it kind of straight, he actually does fall in love with her. I don’t know if I can look at that and not consider it like just puppy love. That was probably one of the weakest aspects of the film, and but it didn’t really weigh that much on that emotional side, so it doesn’t really matter to those not caring about movie relationships and just want to enjoy the rest of the film, where other emotional moments happen.

It’s a lot of fun watching this movie, if you’ve never watched any other game movie or played a video game, you will have no idea what the aim is here.

Go out and watch this film especially if you love some of the gaming worlds available in modern games.

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, T.J. Miller, Simon Pegg, and Mark Rylance.

Score: 9/10

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