If you are a fan of the 70s or 80s, "Ready Player One" is the movie for you. In the year 2045, most of humanity spends its life in a virtual universe known as the OASIS. The story is about the young Wade Watts, who decides to go in search of the hidden objects left by Halliday (Creator of the OASIS) dispersed and obtainable after a series of secret challenges, whoever finds them, will obtain half a billion dollars and total control of the OASIS.
|The film is directed by Steven Spielberg, that can not be coincidence, let's not forget that many of Spielberg's most recognized works are from the 70's and 80's. ("Jaws", "Indiana Jones", "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial")|
|Alan Silvestri is in charge of the soundtrack, he has made the music of films like "Who ramed Roger Rabbit?", "Predator", "Forrest Gump", "Stuart Little", "Cast away", "Lilo & Stitch", "The Avengers" or the saga that drove his career "Back to the Future", from which you will notice multiple references throughout "Ready Player One "|
|The film is based on the homonymous novel by Ernest Cline, who also wrote "Armada", a novel that will be adapted to the cinema soon. Both are characterized by being related to video games and have many references to pop culture. He was also a scriptwriter for this movie and "Fanboys".|
An interesting story about a utopia within a dystopia
The story of "Ready Player One" takes place in two places, in Columbus, Ohio, where Wade Watts lives, and in the OASIS, a virtual universe in which humanity passes the most amount of their time.
The real world has deteriorated over the years, everything is more neglected and people no longer feel comfortable there, so they prefer to be in the OASIS, the other side of the coin, a beautiful world where you can be and do what you want.
When I told my dad about the movie, he said "Ah! It's like "The Matrix" but conscientiously" and yes, it's a valid comparison, with the difference that the virtual world of Matrix simulates the reality, while the OASIS is more comparable with a virtual reality video game, in fact I find several similarities with "VRChat", but of course, a thousand times more extensive and advanced.
Easter Eggs everywhere
The film is entirely made to honor pop culture, movies, videogames and music, you will notice lots of references throughout it. "The Iron Giant", "Akira", "A Nightmare on Elm Street", "Back to the Future", "Speed Racer", "King Kong", "Overwatch", "Street Fighter", "Gundam", "Chucky" are some of the references and Easter Eggs that you will see in the movie, and that's just that I noticed in trailers, imagine all the movie, heh.
Usually it is pretty bad to abuse the references in a movie, because it ends up losing the originality, but in the case of "Ready Player One" it is different, the film is good by itself, the references only complement it and are well explained, it does not depend of them to be good.
Making all those references was simple for Cline in the novel, because there were not problems with copyrights, but making the film adaptation, it became more complicated. Spielberg had to work hard to get the rights they would need to implement all the references, of which they got 80%, the rest had to be modified, for example Ultraman, who appears in the novel, was replaced by The Iron Giant. On the other hand Spielberg felt that it would not look good to make references to his own films.
A really good soundtrack
During most of the film, you will listen to a large collection of pop music from the time honored. Each theme was very well selected, they are sufficiently well-known to transport us to the time without you having lived it.
Originally the master John Williams was going to be in charge of this soundtrack, but after committing to "The Post" (also of Spielberg), he was replaced by Alan Silvestri.
A good message
"Ready Player One" is not another banal Blockbuster that we will see, we will enjoy a while and nothing else will happen, no, this film is intended to give us a message related to the amount of technology that surrounds us nowadays. But of course, I will not ruin the surprise 😉
140 exciting minutes
At no time in the movie will you get that "Meh, I'm gonna wait to see if something interesting happens", no, the whole movie is exciting, interesting and gives enough suspense to not take off the view of the screen from start to finish. I left totally satisfied the cinema after watching it.
If you are considering going to see it, do not think about it anymore! Go watch it right now! I assure you will not regret.
But if my review is not enough to convince you, dude, watch this trailer and that will change.
And some promotional posters, which without much effort, you may notice something curious in them.
Each of these posters is a tribute to a particular movie. Can you recognize them all? I challenge you to comment what you recognizes!
All the images are from IMDb