If you were born in the early 80’s (and 90’s) and grew up playing video games and watching TV, then you will not be disappointed by Ready Player One.
Steven Spielberg takes Ernest Cline’s book and turns it into the type of film adaptation every nerd such as myself actually wants to see.
Set in 2045, a world is on the brink of chaos and collapse and where people play video games in the virtual world as a form of escape but also as a means to survive in the real world. How crazy is that? Although not too far from reality, not sure if you noticed but ‘gamification’ in everyday life is everywhere and we’re not far off from a world of Black Mirror style proportions.
But anyway, when James Donovan Halliday aka Anorak the creator of a virtual reality world called 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. Thus, a slew of great characters including the main cast, OASIS gamers Wade Watts aka “Parzival” (Tye Sheridan), “Art3mis” (Olivia Cooke) and “Aech” pronounced “H” (Lena Waithe), all having never met in real life play online connect to resolve the challenge. (Reminding me of the days I played Xbox Live with strangers who became really good online friends. Though there were no Easter Eggs or fortunes for that matter!)
I won’t give away the full plot. You will appreciate why when you watch it, which you have to regardless whether you’re an 80’s baby or hardcore gamer because as a movie it stands on its own really well taking you on an amazing journey that questions and puts a lens on where today’s society could end up in a few years.
Award-winning writer/actress Lena Waithe who plays “Aech” made me laugh continuously throughout the film and plays a crucial and pivotal role. I look forward to seeing her acting career thrive as she transitions into being a creative threat as she utilises all her talents in front of and behind the camera.
Sidenote/Spoiler: Letitia Wright (Black Panther) is on screen for about 2 seconds. I was not happy about this. Would have rated this film a bit higher but it’s a massive fail to cast then barely use someone who was a scene stealer in a movie that made over a billion. Who needs to be called out for not noticing Wright’s brilliant acting ability!?
Overall, and to be fair the level of nostalgia was very high so I am hugely biased, but hey it’s my review and I enjoyed it. Must watch.
Review by Orlando K. Brown
Ready Player One comes to UK cinemas Wednesday, March 28th, 2018. Rated 12A