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At the end of March, last weekend on Saturday, my best mate Stephen and I went to see a film at the cinema. We were deciding whether to watch ‘Tomb Raider’ or ‘Ready Player One’. In the end, we watched ‘Ready Player One’. And to be honest, I actually enjoyed watching this movie at the cinema!
‘Ready Player One’ is a film directed by Steven Spielberg. It’s based on the 2011 science-fiction novel by Ernest Cline. Now I’ve never read the book, but my best mate Stephen had. So he knew what the story was about whereas I didn’t. But it didn’t matter as I was looking forward to seeing a good film.
The film takes place in the future in the year 2045. The story focuses on a young man, Tye Sheridan as Wade Watts, who takes part in a virtual reality environment called the OASIS. It’s where people can play games all the time, becoming their virtual avatars and being in any place they want to be in.
A game takes place where Wade Watts, as his avatar Parzival, has to collect three special keys in order to win full ownership of the OASIS, set up by the creators. But the OASIS is under threat when Ben Mendelsohn (from ‘Rogue One’) as Nolan Sorrento and his large company attempt to take over.
There’s certainly a lot of video game influences in this movie as well as pop cultural references which I enjoyed like the Delorean from ‘Back to the Future’, the Batmobile from the 1960s ‘Batman’ TV series, Godzilla, the Iron Giant and King Kong. It was fun to watch these to give the movie its appeal.
But still, I’m not really a video game player to appreciate a lot of the complexities of the story’s plot in the film. I have played video games at other people’s homes, but I don’t own video games myself. There was a lot to take in with terms of the story and it moved at a pretty fast pace for me to watch.
There were also pop cultural references that I wouldn’t have got had I’d seen them in TV and film. One of these is a virtual reality version of the movie, ‘The Shining’. I’ve not seen that film and apparently Stephen said it was ‘Blade Runner’ in the book. I would’ve preferred ‘Back to the Future’.
I was impressed with the combination of CGI virtual reality for the avatars of our main characters in video game form as well as the real-life scenarios depicted in the film. This includes the video game avatars or Wade Watts’ Parzival and Samantha Cook’s Art3mis that Parzival meets during the game.
As well as Tye Sheridan and Ben Mendelsohn, there’s also Olivia Cooke as Samantha Cook/Art3mis. I enjoyed the romantic subplot going on between Wade Watts/Parzival and Samatha Cook/Art3mis in the story. It liked it when Wade/Parzival wanted to know the real person behind the Art3mis avatar.
The cast also includes Lena Waithe as Aech, Wade Watts’ best friend. There’s also Simon Pegg who I was pleased to see in this as Ogden Morrow, the co-creator of the OASIS. There’s also Mark Rylance as James Rylance, the deceased co-creator of the OASIS who sets up the main game for our heroes.
‘Ready Player One’ is an enjoyably good sci-fi movie by director Steven Spielberg. Having not read the book myself, I was able to enjoy it for its futuristic setting; concepts and the characters featured in it. I have issues with regards to some of the complexities of the story, but they’re only minor ones.
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