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Ready Player One (2018)
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.
I have been looking forward to seeing this movie for months. I am a lot more careful with anything new, however, and didn’t make up my mind for sure until I read reviews and saw what people thought. Once I read some good ones (and it was my turn for movie night), we decided to see it yesterday (Good Friday, which is a holiday in Canada). With lots of Scene points I also decided to go IMAX 3D.
Right from the start I was smiling and having a good time with this movie. Spielberg is certainly one of the greatest directors alive and he proved once again, that he’s still got that movie magic. From the moment “Jump” by Van Halen, I made the jump into this movie and never looked back.
This movie is very geeky. maybe been super geeky, there are literally hundreds (possibly thousands) of pop culture references. I’d never ever try to put them all down here, I’ll list just a few of the ones I enjoyed. Beyond that, though, is a good story about a rather dark future, breaking out of a rut, finding love and remembering to keep gaming (or any online hobby) in its proper place.
Good performances all around from people like Simon Peg and T.J. Miller in small roles and Ben Mendelsohn in a major supporting role (as the villain). Mendelsohn always does a good job as the villain but his character is kind of stupid in this movie. The special effects are excellent, great music (both songs and score) and mainly it’s just a lot of fun. I also think this film represents women well and does a good job developing the main characters. I’ve tried to be spoiler free but for this part I’ll say
So some of the best parts of the movie are the challenges put in the Oasis (as it’s called). One of those involves going inside the movie “The Shining”. If you’re a Stephen King fan you’re in for a treat, an excellent way to use the movie for a video game sequences
The film clocks in at almost two and a half hours I never felt bored. Excellent (though predictable) ending, while their could be a sequel made (I know the sequel to the book is coming) I’d be happy if the story ended here. That’s for another review though, for this I highly recommend it. Anyone who was a child in the 80s will adore all the references. Jason Vorhees, Freddy Kruger, Street Fighter, Mortal Combat, Stephen King, Back to the Future, Star Trek, The Iron Giant, Godzilla, Chucky, Monty Python, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and lots of others! The plot is a little predictable and the villain could have been more well developed but I still give it a solid 8 out of 10. For a movie which is a lot about Easter Eggs (in games), there are surprisingly not post-credit scene. There is one mildly sexual scene and some coarse language (and blood), so ages 13+.