The moment I read this book, I knew that this would make an awesome movie. How could it not with all the pop culture references and nostalgia! And when I heard it was going to be a movie with Steven Spielberg attached to direct and produce it, my excitement knew no bounds. I mean, what more can a booknerd ask for really? So last week I went to see this movie at the theatre with my best friend (an equally big fan of the book) and here’s what I thought.
About the Movie
Directed by Steven Spielberg
Produced by Steven Spielberg, Donald De Line, Dan Farah and Kristie Macosko Krieger
Screenplay by Zak Penn and Ernest Cline
Music by Alan Silvestri
Based on the book by Ernest Cline
Released on March 29, 2018 (US)
Starring Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn, T.J. Miller, Simon Pegg, Mark Rylance and more
The film is set in the year 2045 where much of humanity, to escape the desolation of the real-world, use the virtual reality software OASIS to engage in work and play. Wade Watts (Sheridan) discovers clues to a hidden game within the program that promises the winner full ownership of the OASIS. He joins several allies to try to complete the game before indentured players working for a large company, run by Nolan Sorrento (Mendelsohn), can do so.
I had high hopes when I went into this movie. I had heard a lot of good things about it from critics and booknerds alike so I was very excited to see it! And it did not disappoint, honestly. I’m SO happy I finally saw this one.
I’ll say right off the bat that they changed a lot from the book. I think most of the challenges and the overall story are entirely changed BUT it didn’t bother me. Because they kept the essence of the book alive. And I know they had to work around some things because they had trouble with getting a license for some of the many references in the book. It still captured what the book was so I wasn’t bothered by it. It’s still about Wade Watts, a boy from the stacks, and his friend Aech who hunt for the easter eggs and are awesomely nerdy fanboys when it comes to the creator of the OASIS. So while they changed a lot, it didn’t bother me and it was still a great story.
The characters are still mostly the same and I’m happy about that. I loved Wade and Art3mis and Aech and also Daito and Sho! (Sho is the cutest omg.) Their avatars were also very cool. I wasn’t sure how I pictured them but I loved the way they looked. Also loved the character development in Wade (aka Parzival). However, I wasn’t too fond of how insta-lovey the romance was between Parzival and Art3mis. It just happened too quick in my opinion. But that didn’t take away from my enjoyment of the movie.
From left to right: Sho, Aech, Parzival, the Curator, Art3emis and Daito
The OASIS & the Easter Egg Hunt
The OASIS looked spectacular. But it was also a tad overwhelming? Especially when the big finale started, there were SO many references on the screen that I just didn’t get all of them. But that gives the movie great re-watch value. It was all still stunning to see and it’s easy to imagine people escaping reality to this fantastical world where they can be anything and anyone they want to be. And it was great to see so many nerdy stuff that made my nerdy heart sing with glee.
I’ve been waiting for this movie to come out for years and boy it didn’t disappoint. Ready Player One is an insanely thrilling action-ride of fun, just like I hoped it would be. It perfectly captured the essence and magic of the book and it’s so nerdy that it should make all movie/game/book/… nerds happy. They diverted from the book a lot, yes, but that didn’t take away from my enjoyment. So I will definitely recommend this adaption to fans of the book or just fans of nerdy things in general. I thoroughly enjoyed it and I think you will too.
Have you seen this movie or read the book? Do you want to watch it? Let me know in the comments!
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