Ready Player One is a fairly faithful adaptation of the Science Fiction/Fantasy book of the same name where a worldwide hunt for a fortune-left by an eccentric programmer/video game enthusiast who developed OASIS: a massively-popular and necessary virtual world-leads to a showdown between a super-powerful corporation and its selfish CEO vs everyone else who dreams of a better life such wealth might provide, including some young gaming friends who just want to preserve the OASIS and escape the poverty and monotony of their real lives. Real-world risks of danger and sacrifice collide with CGI-perils as video games, films and literature of the 80s permeate the coveted OASIS. If you're an avid gamer-and especially one who is familiar with 80s pop references-this movie may thrill you! Heavy on CGI and all things cyberpunk, the story might baffle older viewers and may alienate younger ones...still, it's a fun, fast-moving story about a "geek" becoming a hero, in video gaming and in his real life.
I saw this in theaters and I own it on DVD.
This is a pretty good movie. An apparent nerdgasm of references and experience. That is a great point of the movie... while simultaneously being it's biggest problem. Yeah it's fun seeing all the nice little references and geek culture scatted everywhere, but it does that too much. So much to the point that it seems to sacrifice on other elements of the story and character development for it.
It's a bit of an overload, while at the same time I love it.
It is missing a lot though, like Nintendo characters and more. But the things they did get in there are great.
My favorite by far is the Gundam vs Mega Godzilla battle... damn that was freaking awesome. That alone was worth the price of admission.
The story is good, the characters okay, the ideas interesting. But I feel in the end... he wound up with the wrong girl. I think he should have gotten with Helen. So shoot me I got a weakness for black girls. But also they had much better chemistry than Wade and Artemis. And they knew each other for so long. Even stated they can finish each other's sentences. I even got a bit of a feeling that Helen was jealous at times. I think But enough about that.
Good movie. Not overly great, but good. Some epic moments, underwhelming characters, wrong love interest in the end. But good. Just that often times the movie feels more like it's trying to just say "Ooh hey, look at me! I'm nerdy look at these characters, you recognize this?" than actually trying to tell the story.
Mistake Status: Current movie project, searching extensively.
Continuity mistake: Right in the beginning, Wade hops out a window from his home and starts walking beside it to the edge to climb to the next level down. As he starts walking he passes by another window with a curtain. It then cuts to a closer angle and suddenly the window no longer has a curtain. Also a wire appears on the wall in front of him. And you can tell it is the same house, not a time jump, as the rust at the top of the window frame is exactly the same. (00:01:15)Quantom X
Trivia: In the video that Halliday left behind after his death, you see floral arrangements around his coffin that are in the shape of the Star Trek's Federation symbol and one of the Enterprise. But the really cool thing is his coffin is actually a photon torpedo, exactly like Spock was put in after his death at the end of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. Complete with the blue Federation flag draped over the end of it. (00:08:05)Quantom X
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