Review: Ready Player One – A Thrilling Nostalgia Trip That Makes You Wish It Was Flawless

Ready Player One Movie Review

After a long wait of more than 2 weeks, I finally managed to watch Ready Player One – and I rued my luck for merely existing on this planet for 15 days without watching it.

If you’re like me, you’ll exit the theatre with a rush of emotions – the emotions you felt as a kid. Ready Player One is one long journey to the land of nostalgia where you see your once-favourite characters come alive after all these years.

Ready Player One is about…

The movie is set in 2045 when humanity has descended into a shithole with people spending more time in a virtual game – OASIS – than in the real world. Peope are so entrenched in the game that they are ready to commit suicide if they lose all their points in the game.

Enter Parzival.

He’s our main lead who wants to win the Easter Egg that Halliday, the game’s creator, has hidden somewhere within OASIS. Winning the Easter Egg will give the winner a controlling stake in OASIS, which is worth Trillions of dollars.To help him win is his best friend Aech, his cyber-crush Art3mis, and friends Daito and Sho.

Together, the High Five are running the race to win the Easter Egg against the mighty force of Nolan Sorrento, the head of IOI (Innovative Online Industries).

Ready Player One is nothing short of a visual spectacle where every shot is a treat to watch. The major highlights are the Mario Kart style car race in the beginning of the movie, the battle sequence at the end and the sequence from The Shining where they recreated the entire Overlook Hotel with CGI.

The editing is tight and the music by Alan Silvestri fits perfectly – Spielberg ensures that you will not get bored at all.

I Absolutely Loved…

But what I loved the most was the nods to my childhood characters. The movie has references to more than 100 characters and I am sure you will find your favourite characters too.

Personally, I loved watching Parzival race with the DeLorean as the T-Rex from Jurassic Park and King Kong play mayhem. Iron Giant, Chucky, Aliens, The Shining, TMNT, Mortal Kombat – the list is just endless. Imagine the effort it would have taken the legal team at Warner Bros to secure all the rights!!

I am sure Spielberg’s reputation made it only easier for them – but even then, they failed to secure the rights of 20% of the sequences/characters from their wishlist.

The major omission being Blade Runner as the producers were making Blade Runner 2049 at the time and were skeptical if it had any impact on their movie. This was subsequently replaced with the sequence from the Overlook Hotel in The Shining.

But I Wish The Movie Had…

The only thing I wish it had focused a bit more on was character development. Except for Parzival, Art3mis and Sorrento’s characters, none of the supporting characters made much of an impact.

It seemed that the screenplay was busy talking about OASIS than the players.The characters of Aech, Daito, Sho, Og and even Halliday left a lot to be desired.

The movie is certainly my most favourite of the year so far and I can’t thank Ernest Cline and Steven Spielberg for taking me back to my childhood. No one else but Spielberg could have done justice to it.

If you haven’t watched Ready Player One yet, do yourself a favour and book your tickets right now. Watch it for your childhood memories, stunning visuals, brilliant sequences and the core message of spending more time with your loved ones than in a virtual world.

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