Last spring Steven Spielberg added another movie to his long list of films with Ready Player One and while I first wanted to watch it after seeing the first trailer after a while I wasn’t very excited to see it. So, I didn’t go watch when it came out in the movie theaters. Yesterday, however, I saw that it was available to watch on HBO and so, I decided, what the heck, let me watch it.
Through the first thirty-forty minutes I was kind of bored. The main character, Wade Watts, helped narrate the beginning, allowing us an understanding of the state of the world in 2045. Wade’s goal, the same as so many other’s, was to win the virtual reality game called the OASIS that the creator of the virtual world, Halliday, had created. Whoever wins gets to take control of the OASIS and practically become the most powerful person in the world.
It was basically Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.
The first section of the film helped establish all of the characters and was a tad bit boring, excluding a rather awesome action scene that involved racing and yeah, King Kong. Wow!
It was the second third of the movie however when the story began to ramp up and I found myself growing emotionally invested in the characters and the story.
While the movie isn’t perfect it is very, very enjoyable. Especially for someone who loves gaming, like me. There were so many hidden references and nods to games and movies in the past few decades that I could only stare at the screen in wide-eyed wonder as I tried to discover it all.
They even had a character from the very popular competitive game, Overwatch, in the film which I LOVED.
And I loved the section of the movie when the main characters found themselves in a simulation of the terrifying horror film, The Shining. And yes, it was just as creepy as expected.
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