Film Review: Ready Player One

Joshua Canfield, Staff Writer

Ready Player One is a rated PG-13 thriller/fantasy film directed by Steven Spielberg. The movie was released in theaters on March 29.

Spielberg directed popular films like Jaws, Jurassic Park, and E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. So I had high hopes for the movie as I am a Spielberg film fan.

The Spielberg film adaptation of the the book Ready Player One is set in 2045. In a time where people’s paradise and getaway is in a virtual world called the OASIS created by James Halliday (Mark Rylance). When Halliday dies his legacy is up for grabs by a quest put into the OASIS. Competing corporations, greedy goers and nostalgic fans all step up to try and win. Halliday’s legacy which is ownership of the company and control over the OASIS. The unthinkable happens when Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan), a passionate Halliday fan and OASIS player wins the first contest and battles against IOI, a rival corporation wanting to take control over the OASIS to make more money. Watts and his friends go on an adventure in the virtual and real world to win it all.

Ready Player One was a film I knew nothing about going into. I didn’t watch the trailer, read the book, or even ask anyone about it. I wanted a fresh experience in the theatre. I loved the film, and would want to watch it again and will probably read the book now. I hope that you get your game on and enter the virtual world in Ready Player One with either friends or family, because I definitely recommend watching it.