Ready Player One

2018, Adventure/Action, 2h 20m

444 Reviews 25,000+ Ratings

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Ready Player One is a sweetly nostalgic thrill ride that neatly encapsulates Spielberg's strengths while adding another solidly engrossing adventure to his filmography. Read critic reviews

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In 2045, the planet is on the brink of chaos and collapse, but people find salvation in the OASIS, an expansive virtual reality universe created by James Halliday. When Halliday dies, he promises his immense fortune to the first person to discover a digital Easter egg that's hidden somewhere in the OASIS. When young Wade Watts joins the contest, he finds himself becoming an unlikely hero in a reality-bending treasure hunt through a fantastical world of mystery, discovery and danger.

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  • Jan 17, 2020
    Entertaining pace and great CGI, but doesn't do the book quite enough justice.
    Ed K Super Reviewer
  • Jun 28, 2019
    A whimsical slice of sci-fi adventure. Reasonable acting and the polished visuals we all expect from Spielberg. I suspect I would have given it less stars if I wasn't fond of the 80s and 90s childhood experience. For better or worse the film draws extensively on childhood tropes and memories of that era. I think it would be a solid film without that notstalgia, but if that is your flavour of childhood wonder, you'll really enjoy Ready Player One. The acting overall was okay. The villain was vanilla and I am not sure the script gives the emotional range needed for the protagonists to shine. What the film does do right though is that it is emmersive and fun. Oasis is believable and the rules of this not so far away future internally work, well enough at least. The visuals are pretty and can go way over the top without being disruptive to the flow and tempo of the movie. It spoils little to say the movie is basically watching an 80s video game unfold. This combined with a thorough PG tone maybe limits the film's emotional pay off but I think it just made it more fun. This is movie that did fun well. A worthwhile watch and highly recommended for anyone whose inner child craves a flash back to their favourite 80s and 90s nostalgia.
    Shane S Super Reviewer
  • Apr 03, 2019
    From director Steven Spielberg comes the fantasy-adventure film Ready Player One. Set in the not too distant future, a group of gamers compete in a virtual reality game set up by its designer to determine who will be his heir and inherit the virtual reality world that he created; but to win they'll have to decipher clues in the game relating the designer's life and his love of '80s pop-culture. The animation is really good, particular in creating a look and feel for the virtual world that seems realistic and is able to incorporate dozens of different properties from Back to the Future, to Freddy Kruger, to King Kong. And the action scenes are incredibly exciting and dynamic; featuring a number of different kinds of chases and fights. Also, the soundtrack is extraordinarily well-done and is packed with classic hits from the '80s. A visual wonder, Ready Player One is tremendously entertaining and fun.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Jan 22, 2019
    Can you imagine watching this if you didn't give a fuck about the '80s? Like there's nothing that happens in Ready Player One that isn't a reference to something at least, but almost all of them are '80s references. I mean I worship at the altar of 1980s' references on a daily basis, and even for me this was only so-so, I fear to imagine what Ready Player One might be like for someone who actually demands originality. Honestly, it was better than I was expecting, I'll front to that. The promotional campaign for this had the barometer for my excitement on this at a firm zero, and by the time I had finished watching it I was surprised to find I had actually enjoyed multiple things about it, but Ready Player One is an exercise in lack of subtlety, and really tries your limits on suspension of disbelief. Not because of the fantastical endless virtual world inhabited by near every creation since the dawn of pop-culture, but because of the character interactions in their "real world".
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