This is one of the best films of 2018, hands down. I don’t believe I’ve seen any film in my life that can top the fantastic, action packed, beauty that is Ready Player One. This film, in my opinion, is up there with Spielberg’s greatest hits! Right up their with Jurassic Park and E.T.. When I went to go see this with a great friend of mine on Tuesday, I got sucked into the world when they introduced the Oasis. For those who don’t know, it’s this online multiplayer world where you can do and be whatever you want. It’s pretty much VR Chat with greater development.
The basic plot of the film is that the creator of the Oasis, James Halliday, dies from old age. After his death, he leaves one final message stating that he’s planted an Easter Egg somewhere within the Oasis that he’s left for the players to try and find. Whoever finds the Easter Egg will receive half a billion dollars and will be given complete and total control of the Oasis. Free to do whatever they want with it. After the first clue was discovered, it took them five years for them to figure out how to solve it. Which, I honestly think is a little to long.
Either way, they figured it out. A young gamer by the username of Parzival (real name Wade Watts) is the first player in the Oasis to discover the second clue to James Halliday’s hidden Easter Egg. With this news, the mega corporation, IOI, becomes interested in wanting to know what Wade knows. The CEO, Sorrento, tries to manipulate Wade into working for him. When that doesn’t work, Sorrento makes it his goal to stop Wade and anyone else who get’s in his way from controlling the Oasis.
This film touches up on many messages, and one of the big ones (in my opinion) is how corporate interference can ruin some of the greatest games. IOI is pretty much a combination of companies like Electronic Arts, Take-Two Interactive, Zenimax Studios, and even Activision. Companies who prefer quantity over quality with their titles, and I’ve got to thank Spielberg for making that message clear in this film. It’s one of the biggest problems in the gaming industry right now.
If you are a gamer, or if you’re just a fan of pop culture from the 70s and 80s, you MUST see this film. It’s one of the best films of the year. All of the acting from the antagonists to the protagonists is done magnificently. I felt like the whole thing with taking the entirety of the Oasis FIVE YEARS to solve the first clue was kind of unrealistic, but hey, that didn’t ruin the film in the slightest. Spielberg, you did good!