Movie Review: Ready Player One

April 6, 2018 Book Reviews 8

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Movie Review: Ready Player OneReady Player One on 29 March 2018 (USA)
Length: 2 hours 20 minutes
Genres: Dystopian, Young Adult
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When the creator of a virtual reality world called the 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.

Directed by Steven Spielberg
Writing Credits
Zak Penn ... (screenplay by) and
Ernest Cline ... (screenplay by)

Ernest Cline ... (based on the novel by)

Cast (in credits order)
Tye Sheridan ... Parzival / Wade
Olivia Cooke ... Art3mis / Samantha
Ben Mendelsohn ... Sorrento
Lena Waithe ... Aech / Helen
T.J. Miller ... I-R0k
Simon Pegg ... Ogden Morrow
Mark Rylance ... Anorak / Halliday
Philip Zhao ... Sho
Win Morisaki ... Daito
Hannah John-Kamen ... F'Nale Zandor

 

I completely fangirled in my review for Ready Player One, the book. So, obviously I went in hoping this was going to be as good. It’s always a toss up with movies, and since this was my favorite book of 2017, I knew it would probably live up to my own hype.

Then I saw the movie.

And I’m so freaking excited! It was different. VERY different, actually. There were so many changes that it took me a bit to get into the movie. Once I realize they made the changes to make the movie more exciting, because who wants to watch a teenager battle the same game over and over and over and over? (hint: Nobody), that’s when I started getting into it.

I do wish they would have introduced the characters in the same manner as they did the book, but again, it wasn’t bad.

The movie had all the bells and whistles that I wanted it to. 80’s music galore! 80’s trivia and characters were popping up all over the place. It was an 80’s fiesta and this 80’s kid was there for the ride! IN 3D even!

Even with the differences from the book, they were able to keep the majority of the story intact. The important parts were there. Who the characters were, why they were fighting the system, why they wanted to continue that fight, and why it was all difficult to do so. It was all there. Different, yes, but still good.

As a gamer, this was a dream. Watching the video games I grew up with on the movie screen, knowing about things like avatars and artifacts and all the geekery that gaming involves. It was lovely!

The very beginning and very end is where I was a little annoyed. The “movie” thing was getting on my nerves. We do not need that much drama to keep viewers invested! A good story line with an 80’s soundtrack will definitely do the trick. But, still even with all the extra stuff added in, I was glad we went and saw it. With every new song, with every new character (Chucky showing up was my favorite!) I danced! Literally, danced in my seat in a movie theater and squealed because this was so freaking awesome.

Simon Pegg being in a nice portion of this also made me happy. He’s just someone that puts a smile on my face!

Yes, it has some downsides, but the movie was able to, even with those changes, surpass my expectations. I may talk the hubster into seeing it again. It was that good!

 

 

Rating Report
Plot
4 / 5
Character Development
4 / 5
Writing Style
5 / 5
Personal enjoyment
5 / 5
Cover
5 / 5
Overall: 4.6 / 5

 

 

 

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8 Responses to “Movie Review: Ready Player One”

  1. Sabrina Fox

    I absolutely adored the book and I’m so excited for when I can finally watch the movie! I’m so glad you enjoyed it. 🙂

    • Christina

      I definitely recommend the movie. I really wanted to see it twice, but so many great sounding movies are coming out soon! Ack! If you do get to see it, I hope you enjoy!

  2. Laura

    I loved the book too, so I’m pretty excited to hopefully see the movie soon! I always get kind of nervous when books I like are adapted, but it sounds like this was a good adaptation. I don’t mind them changing things too much, as long as the basic story is the same.
    I’m glad you enjoyed it! 🙂

    • Christina

      I was nervous also. Literally squeezing my hubby’s hand and crossing my fingers. Five minutes in and I was already in love. Once I got over the differences. If you can’t get over the differences, then you won’t enjoy it as much. It’s close enough that I was cheering by the end! I hope you enjoy it when you do see it!

    • Christina

      As usual, the book is better, but really they almost cannot be compared. They changed the story line quite a bit. If you can’t get to the book, this is one where I wouldn’t beat myself up too much. But, if you love the 80’s even half as much as I do, the book has many, many more references to the 80’s.

  3. Barb (boxermommyreads)

    I don’t know how I missed your review for this but thank heavens for Twitter feeds. I am definitely a kid of the 80’s, which is evident from my one book in my haul tomorrow, so I know this movie will be a hit for me. Give me all the references and all the music!

    • Christina

      I am seriously thinking of either doing or searching for a Ready Player One 80’s Challenge. I’m sure there has to be one out there. If not this year, then definitely next year. The movie was so, so good! I wanted to see it again, but there’s so many good movies coming out. Hoping to see A Quiet Place tomorrow!

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