“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.”
Spielberg is back! Kind of…. Ready Player One is a really interesting movie, and it is for a few different reasons. This movie operates and exists on a few different levels, and how each of those affects you, is going to be really specific and personal to each person, and thats means things can get a little weird. So to start, this movie is an adaptation of a very popular book, using the same story about an open online world of virtual reality that has pretty much taken over life for most people, and that of course, makes it a very important and wanted commodity. Now, the narrative aside, thats where this movie no longer leans on the workings of a regular film, in order to go from start to finish. This movie relies so heavily on nostalgia, and easter eggs, and just everything pop culture in general, that for much of the movie, its more about that, than it is about coherent story telling. Now, I’m not saying that I didn’t get goose bumps now and then, and I’m also not saying I didn’t have my own little pop culture fandom jollies, but when I wasn’t having those moments, I wasn’t having that much fun. And thats why I said this movie is going to be so personal to people. If you were born in the 2000s, and you’re not a real fan of things from before that, I feel like literally 90% of this movie could fly straight over your head, and if that happens, then all you have to rely on is the actual narrative, and thats legitimately the weakest part of this movie. Even then, this movie makes another weird division of itself by having seemingly one story line set in the real world, and the other in the virtual world, and there is a lot to wow you in the virtual world, but we know its that world and that makes it lose it awe, theres nostalgiAWE, but there isn’t that actual typical Spielberg awe that we have grown to know and love. So what is this movie exactly? Its a piece of entertainment whose specific level of entertainment to each person will be drastically different, and that makes this movie really hard to quantify like I usually do. All in all, I have to judge it based on its merits and how it affected ME most of all, but this is definitely one of those reviews where I think the actual body of this review is more important than the actual score at the bottom, but take them each for what they’re worth.
Review Score : 6.5 out of 10