I never ready the book, Ready Player One. I wish I had. I bet I'd have loved it! I did read Armada, by Ernest Cline, but I wasn't all that happy with it. I almost didn't see RPO, but on movie day, my son chose it. Had I known the theme would have carried so much nostalgia, I'd have read the book a long time ago. So yeah, I loved this movie!
The story is set in a dystopian future where the best of times are in a digital world called the Oasis. Created by Halliday, a computer genius, every teen, adult and senior becomes someone else in a world made for gaming. Everybody plays inside the Oasis, but when Halliday dies, the board and other corporate members want to take over, with a man named Sorrento at the helm. But Halliday left an Easter egg for players of the Oasis. If a player finds the egg, the winner receives total control over the digitized world and trillions of dollars at their disposal.
Wade, who's avatar name is Parzival, is determined to find the egg and win the Oasis for The People!
Ready Player One is a movie after my own heart. At the risk of telling my age, I'm the girl who was singing every song that played, from Van Halen (the opening song) to Duran Duran, New Order and more. I even heard the Star Wars: A New Hope playing at one point. Then there's the games- Moves from Tekken (which was always one of my fav games), collecting coins like Sonic, Marvin the Martian, Iron Giant, MechaGodzilla and a freaking Gundam samurai. Come on- this was like my life in a 2-hour movie! Everything brought back loads of memories for me.
Even if the movie had sucked, I'd have still loved it for all the work they put into it. I mean, they threw Chucky at players! LOL Who does that? And nobody drives a DeLorean except McFly. Anyway, the movie is hilarious, fun, and full of great memories for any pop culturalist. My son loved it too, but only because he knows about so many of those games, movie and songs from me, my daughter and my brother.
I do have to warn- my son is 13 and we were shocked at a few words that were spoken, as with Jumanji. But all in all, if your kid's mature enough, they won't buck their eyes or allow their mouths to form an "O" when a few words are shouted. It's still a fun movie! Check out Ready Player One, released March 29th.
Ready Player One
Novel by Ernest Cline
Directed by Steven Spielberg
Produced by Warner Bros., Amblin Entertainment and Village Roadshow Pictures
Starring Simon Pegg, Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn, Lena Waithe and T.J. Miller
Running time: 2h 20 m
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