Bee @ The Movies: Ready Player One

Posted April 3, 2018 by Bee || 19 Comments

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.

Bee’s  Thoughts

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.

Story

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.

Characters

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.

Overall

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!

Bee

Co-Blogger at Novel Ink & Quite The Novel Idea
Bee (born as Bieke) is 27 years old and from Belgium. (No she won't send waffles.) She's a strange, nerdy and anxious creature floating around somewhere on the ace spectrum. Oh, and she also writes books as Nelly B. Jones. Or tries to anyway. She also blogs over at Quite The Novel Idea.

19 responses to “Bee @ The Movies: Ready Player One

  1. I cannot wait to see this movie! I have read the book twice and I really loved it, despite being a bit too young to fully understand all of the references. And I totally understand that they’ve had to make changes — I didn’t know that they had trouble with copyright, but there were many things in the book that I think would be really hard to translate into movie form. It still sounds epic!

  2. Ooh! I’m glad this didn’t disappoint! I’m curious about it but haven’t read the book yet, so I need to fix that soon and then go see the movie.

  3. Glad this was good! I was really curious how this would turn out, seems like it’d be a tough book to adapt, so I’m glad to hear they seemed to capture the gist of it. Looks pretty amazing visually too.

  4. I feel the same way!!!!! I kind of loved that they changed things because it was like I could watch it and not know what was going to happen even though I read the book!! I also thought that the essence of the characters were still there even with alllll the changes– but I also thought the relationship was rushed (maybe there just wasn’t time to develop it on the screen???). I loved Sho and Daito & I’m glad no one died!!! OMG SHO IS THE CUTEST EVER!!!! My 10 year-old has been talking about the movie non-stop since Friday, so I’m sure we’ll be watching it many more times when it comes out on video (and then I can pick out allllll the stuff I missed too!!).

  5. I haven’t read the book. I tried the audio way back but for some reason I never finished it. Glad you enjoyed it – wil definitely put it on my list of things to check out!

  6. I feel like the only person in the world who hasn’t either read the book or watched the movie. I really want to do both, I think I’d love it.

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