Steven Spielberg is one of the most popular and remembered directors in film history. His movies are among the most iconic and culture-shifting films of our time, such as Jaws, Indiana Jones series, and Jurassic Park series. After Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, he mostly directed laid-back dramas, such as Lincoln, Bridge of Spies, and The Post. However, after The Post, Spielberg came back with another ambitious, science fiction adventure, Ready Player One.
Ready Player One is set in 2045, where people live and entertain themselves through virtual reality called the OASIS (Ontologically Anthropocentric Sensory Immersive Simulation), created by James Halliday and Odgen Morrow of Gregarious Games. After the death of Halliday, a message is broadcasted to the universe, announcing a game that will grant ownership of the OASIS for the first player who finds the Golden Easter Egg.
This game attracts many players, particularly Nolan Sorrento, the CEO of Innovative Online Industries (IOI), who wants to control OASIS and put online advertisings in it. It also attracts Wade Watts, a teenager living in Ohio who is also an avid OASIS user. Together with his friend Aech, and a female player he has a crush on, Art3mis, they work together to overcome the challenges and find the Golden Easter Egg.
You will know what you will get from Ready Player One when you see its poster. The film has bright visuals, a chunk-load of pop culture references, and gripping action. Its virtual world is dazzling and memorable, and the movie is fairly successful in immersing you into this digital escape. The action scenes shine the brightest, with impressive car scenes and massive robot fights. They are especially fun to watch in 3D.
However, several aspects are lacking. The characters in the movie can be said to fall into several tropes. They are also not effectively fleshed out. Its main character, Wade Watts, is forgettable and does not have any distinctive personality to carry the film. The supporting characters also have nothing to offer and fall into several clichés.
Overall, Ready Player one is a fun experience if one expects a digital escape and epic robot fights, but will be disappointed if they want good characterization and something new from this genre. It feels like it has been done before, and its pop culture references and bright visuals do not help in masking these flaws.