Category: Movies

Why all gamers MUST see Ready Player One!

Why all gamers MUST see Ready Player One!

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!

 

My Review of The Last Jedi (Spoilers)

My Review of The Last Jedi (Spoilers)

**SPOILER ALERT – SPOILER ALERT – SPOILER ALERT**

So I’ve heard many things about The Last Jedi from many people before I had the chance to go see it. I had people say that it wasn’t like Star Wars anymore, that the film had bad acting, there was dumb jokes, Luke wasn’t Luke, yada yada yada. However, one of my close friends kept encouraging me to go see it. He explained that the film tried being it’s own movie, and that for the most part it worked. So going in with an open mind, I went out with my dad to go see the film. After viewing it, I can say without a doubt that it was a good movie just shy of being a masterpiece.

This film had many great things in it. The opening scene was badass with the destruction of the Dreadnought ship. Learning how Leia’s powers with the force have grown over time was cool. Seeing Rei meet Luke finally gave me nostalgic throwbacks to when Luke met Yoda on Dagobah. The connection between Rei and Kylo was interesting. The new powers of the force shown in the film. Luke and Kylo’s backstory. The Battle on Crait was beautiful. The badass “fight” between Luke and Kylo. Hell, the badass fight scene with Rei and Kylo against the Red Guards was amazing. Probably my favorite part.

Just from hearing all of that, you’d assume the film is amazing. However, though I may have enjoyed the film, I can not deny it’s flaws. Allow me to list them:

1) – Rose x Finn Felt Forced

In the film, we’re introduced to this new character, Rose Tico. She is a mechanic aboard Leia’s ship and is also a huge fan of Finn after he became a part of the Resistance. The two characters meet up after Finn attempts to leave on an escape pod in-order to go and find Rei. Rose stops him however, believing he his deserting his post. The two then go on wild adventures together (that I’ll get to eventually), and we’re towards the end of the film. The First Order have this mini Death Star Cannon that’ll be able to blast through their defenses.

As it’s about to fire, Finn attempts to quickly slam his ship into the cannon, destroying it and killing himself in the process. However, Rose jumps in and knocks his ship out of the way, saving him. Finn then runs over to Rose in the crashed speeder, asking her why she did that. She responded saying, “We got to protect the things we love. That’s how we win.” A cheesy line finished with a kiss that didn’t feel real. It felt rushed. It felt forced, and to be honest, I’d prefer Finn x Rei. That’s what I was hoping for.

2) – The Animal Cruelty Message

Going back to the adventures Finn and Rose went on, one of the things they went to was this Horse Racing-like Track where they had these animals, and they were showing how these animals were treated during and after the races. They show how they lash these electric whips and leave these scars on their bodies, and as I’m watching this all unfold I’m just sitting here like … why is this in a Star Wars film??? It just does not fit. This is a series about an epic battle between good and evil. This is a series about the wonder of the Force and learning about the light and dark. This is the series that teaches with great power comes great responsibility.

This just felt completely out of place. Seriously, I thought I was about see the PETA logo pop on the screen eventually. I don’t know, maybe it’s just me, but I honestly felt this was a redundant scene that wasn’t needed in this film.

3) – The Casino Planet

Another thing that I didn’t like was the Casino Planet that Finn and Rose went to. This place served no purpose other than to find some character named … DJ, who would be able to hack into First Order tech for them. The whole sequence of them going through this place was just kind of dry and just felt like filler to me. Not only that, but it was fairly obvious that this planet served only to make fun of Capitalism. Which I find silly considering that Disney is practically the face of Capitalism in America. I thought it was a dumb planet that was easily forgettable.

4) – Captain Phasma and Supreme Leader Snoke Died Too Early For Me

This was probably the most disappointing thing that happened for me in the entire film, when Snoke and Phasma died. I was honestly really bummed about it. These are characters I was hoping to see a lot more of. I was thinking they were going to treat Snoke like Darth Sidious and have him return in the final film for the final showdown. I also thought Phasma would stay with us through the entire trilogy, acting as a Bobo Fett of the series … but no, they both die in this film. Phasma being killed in (admittingly) an cool fight against Finn, and Snoke probably dying in the lamest way possible.

The way Snoke died was really dumb. Basically, he gave Kylo Ren the opportunity to complete his training by killing Rei. However, Kylo had another plan. What pisses me off about this, is that Snoke was bragging about how he could read Kylo’s mind and know what he was doing … and yet he was unable to foresee Kylo using the force to spin Rei light saber around and ignite it. Slicing Snoke in half. A disappointing and quick end to two villains I wished to see more of.

Final Verdict

There was also a few small things here and there that I felt were out of place, but I decided to not put them in this review. We’d be here all day otherwise. So, with all of this being said, what is my final verdict on the film? 7/10 Like I said, a good film just shy of being a masterpiece. If these issues weren’t in there, it would’ve been able to reach an 8/10 or 9/10. However, regardless of these gripes, I do seriously recommend that you go see the film. I enjoyed it, and if you’re a fan of Star Wars, I think you will too.