I have to say there have been quite a substantial amount of really good films released lately. Ready Player One is one of them. To say I enjoyed this film would be an understatement. From start to finish it was a wild ride. You got so much out of the two hours and twenty minutes the film runs. Personally, it didn’t feel that long, each scene was pertinent to the story and most scenes had you on the edge of your seat.
Director Steven Spielberg has done it again. Spielberg has created a masterpiece that transcends age. There’s a great blend of futuristic, contemporary and nostalgic references. Set in a somewhat dystopian future, where the only escape or enjoyment can be found in getting lost within virtual reality, we follow the journey of one key player Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan). Within the virtual world, known as the OASIS, you take on an avatar, much like the way you would in any gaming situation. However this game has reached the stage where if you succeed in the game, you also gain advances in reality.
Enter the new stage in all this gaming. We learn that creator of the OASIS James Halliday (Mark Rylance) has died therefore creating a game within the virtual world. Thus begins the quest to find three keys that unlock a grand prize for a worthy heir. Wade takes on the challenge, as his avatar Parzival. Much like a quest Halliday created a clue that you would have to succeed in order to win each key. Complete with a lleder board to keep the realm up to speed.
Along the way we are introduced to friends of Parzival, Aech (Lena Waithe), Sho (Philip Zhao), Daito (Win Morisaki) and new friend Art3mis (Olivia Cooke). We are also introduced to the villains in the film Sorrento (Ben Mendelsohn) and I-Rok (T.J. Miller). There’s a perfect amount of action and problem solving to keep you invested in what happens to these characters who you come to really like. There’s also a great balance when it comes to the real vs virtual world. The impacts that each one has on the other come to the forefront part way through the film and carry out throughout the end.
What really appeals is the fact that this could indeed one day be a reality. We already have virtual reality, but right now it’s more something that features in life as oppose to paralleling it. It’s an interesting concept, one that if felt by Halliday, who in an effort to bring this virtual reality back to what it originated as, a game, creates a game within a game. A game that brings the vintage quality back into a modern day society. By focusing on his life especially in the eighties, each player, in an effort to figure out each clue (or at least those passionate about the endgame, known as gunters) research and learn all they can on Halliday.
It is in this way we too become almost a part of the game. Most people are aware of films Spielberg has been involved in. The film is in part a spot the reference game for us in the audience, quite fun actually. One that makes you realise just how iconic some of characters in films over the years have become. You believe that they will last the test of time. Indeed in 2045 the films will be just as special as they are to us today. As I’m hoping this film will be too.
All the characters were great, cast brilliantly and delivered just as equally good. Some of these younger actors I saw on screen for the first time, and they did a fantastic job, encompassing their characters and working off one another. Which in turn was also well reflected as their avatars. I’d love to play the game, and not just the quest for the ultimate reward.
The trailers don’t do the film justice. In my opinion it was an incredible film and I can’t wait to go see it again! If you want to treat yourself to an Easter egg this weekend, make sure you go see Ready Player One.