Anyone with a gaming background, young and old, will rejoice at this visually remarkable virtual reality based tale from Steven Spielberg.
Adapted from Ernest Cline’s 2011 best-seller set in 2045, Ready Player One focuses on Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan), a virtual reality gaming nerd living in a world where VR headsets are all the range.
Living in the Stacks, a junkyard of trailers in Columbus, Ohio, Wade is just one of many competing for an Easter Egg hidden in the virtual reality world, Oasis, designed by the late James Halliday (Mark Rylace).
The prize for finding the egg secures Halliday’s fortune as well as the Oasis itself – but the fun of the chase soon turns into something much more important when corporate head Sorrento (Ben Mendelsohn) attempts to get his hands on the egg.
There’s so much to enjoy in Ready Player One, none more so than the celebration of pop culture with a number of references, whether it be it’s 80’s soundtrack or the most incredible set piece based on Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining.
Visually, the movie is incredible. With much of the film based inside the virtual reality world, it relies heavily on CGI but in a much more acceptable way than Justice League, which genuinely looked more like a video game.
Ready Player One perhaps isn’t the movie the people expected from Steven Spielberg, nor is it near his best, but it definitely is one that audiences of young and old can enjoy for a number of reasons, none more so than to escape into the unimaginable.