Ready Player One is a Solid Experience

Josiah Majors, Reporter

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Ready Player One, directed by the acclaimed director Steven Spielberg, was originally a book written by Ernest Cline but has now jumped to the big screen.

The story takes place in the year 2045 where society is at its worst ever, except now no one cares to fix any of the planet’s problems anymore.

Since the real world is so horrible to live in, everyone now spends most of their time in the OASIS (Ontologically Anthropocentric Sensory Immersive Simulation), a virtual universe that is seemingly infinite and where anyone can be whatever he or she wants.

The OASIS was created by James Halliday (Mark Rylance) who already died prior to the story starting.

Before Halliday died, he created a huge easter egg hunt (a hidden secret in video games that is purposely left by the creator for players to find) in the OASIS for everyone to partake in and whoever solved Halliday’s easter egg puzzle would inherit the OASIS and James Halliday’s fortune of a half-trillion dollars.

This kicks off the main plot of Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan) and his journey to unlock the easter egg.

Ready Player One  is a movie that has something for everyone to enjoy for all ages.

The movie has probably the most pop culture references I have ever seen in a movie.

Seriously in every scene it seems likes there is a reference to some modern video game.

The movie also plays off nostalgia heavily since there are many references to games from the 80’s because Halliday grew up during the 80’s which influenced him when designing his easter egg hunt.

For example, the last challenge to complete the easter egg hunt requires the player to know an easter egg in the the 1980 game Adventure.

Besides the many gaming references, the movie has gripping special effects and more than enough action to get your blood pumping. Special effects were extremely important for this movie because most of the movie takes place in the virtual world so it was important to make the OASIS look balanced between real life and a virtual world.

My only real complaints with this movie is that it loosely followed the book and it felt rushed at some plot points which left more to be desired from the story.

By rushing the story along the movie sacrificed character development from everyone, even the main character Wade Watts.

Ready Player One is not a bad movie by any means though and is an enjoyable experience for everyone even if you aren’t into video games.

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Ready Player One is a Solid Experience