I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Ready Player One on 29 March 2018 (USA)
Length: 2 hours 20 minutes
Genres: Dystopian, Young Adult
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
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!
|Overall:||4.6 / 5|