Ready Player One Puts Spielberg Back in the Game

Words: Julia Stitly

The film adaptation of Ernest Cline’s best selling novel, Ready Player One, has finally hit the big screen. The movie, directed by Steven Spielberg, brings the future of virtual reality. The movie follows Wade Watts, played by Tye Sheridan, who like the rest of the world, is on a treasure hunt to find the golden egg of James Halliday, the creator of the OASIS. With the help of his friends, Wade tries to stop the evil corporation, IOI, from finding the prize before they do.

Visually pleasing, the film has beautiful visuals, and the world of the OASIS is breathtaking. But making the virtual world entertaining can cause the audience to loss interest in the real world, which is impoverished and struggling, so people escape to the OASIS.  Even though the cast give all around solid performances, the characters, for Spielberg, are kind of bland and not as memorable. The most notable is Ben Mendelsohn’s villain, Nolan Sorrento, who tries with what he has, but doesn’t command fear. His sidekick, played by Hannah John-Kamen, gives a comedic performance even though she is supposed to be feared.

Overall, Ready Player One has flaws, but makes up for it with a fun adventure. If you can, snag a ticket for a screening of Ready Player One on the biggest screen possible.

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