IMDB Rating: 7,8/10
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Director: Steven Spielberg
Writer: Ernest Cline
Stars: Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn
Movies, a story where it’s recorded by a camera and composed of moving images until shown in a theater and a cinema. A movie has become the root of the things we used until often seeing even though it’s the result of our own recordings. Have you remembered how much you loved cartoons you’ve watched in the 80s or 90s and wanted to watch them again? It’s called nostalgia and of course, you can watch it again but the distinctions are so different from the old days. What about video games? Definitely, it’s also like that, just like a movie. But, there is a film that answers our call on a nostalgic background until our nerd souls appear from the deepest of the heart. Ready Player One is a film directed by Steven Spielberg from a novel adaptation by Ernest Cline. We know that Steven Spielberg has two different types of films. The first types such as Saving Private Ryan, Bridge Of Spies, Lincoln, Schindler’s List and Empire Of The Sun are a serious film that always draws a blow for the Oscar awards. The second type such as E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, Jurassic Park, The Adventures Of Tintin, and Raiders Of The Lost Ark are a family movie that is worthy to watch together. But, Ready Player One combines all that stuff and anyone can watch it. Ready Player One may be dominated by adult audiences considering people who want to watch it also just want to nostalgia back in the days for things like video games and movies. However, everyone can also watch it even children who want to try it may also be the first step to open the creation of a child’s nerd. But, this is Steven Spielberg, one of the people who can grant the requests of every nerd who wants to see all the characters of video games and movies joining into a movie that intense to the point of opening your nerd soul.
“Ready Player One,” tells about a year in 2045 where a reality has become a dirty place to live in. Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan) is one of those people who always run away from reality and go to OASIS, a virtual world where people are more spends their days in there. In OASIS, you can go anywhere, do anything, be anyone without limiting your imagination. OASIS was created by a genius James Halliday (Mark Rylance), who left his legacy and full control of the OASIS for anyone who managed to get the three easter eggs he made in OASIS. When Wade success to get the first easter eggs, he and his friend try to get the treasure and all the dangers they get in OASIS.
Ready Player One is a movie with incredible visuals experience if you watch in the cinema. I can’t believe this movie is directed by Steven Spielberg even I don’t want to believe it. But, he managed to make something that even I got to shudder when seeing it from beginning to the end of the film. Two hours wasn’t enough because the story went too fast or I was not aware of it. Ready Player One shows how a movie always focuses on the main character. The storytelling is probably simple and mild, nothing impressive at all from the synopsis. Virtual reality and the real world are certainly the pull of people who want to watch this movie. When it comings in the race scene until they got the first easter eggs, I can only see how amazing this scene is. There are King Kong, Jurassic Park, Akira, Back To The Future, and others. Steven Spielberg knows what pop culture in that year even now. Even to see the whole reference, there could be more than 100 easter eggs in this movie. What I’ve noticed is just a few and the common noticeable. Although there is a small segment that embraces it, it’s also difficult to notice. If I want to talk about the cinematography, it’s outstanding. Steven Spielberg never came out with his techniques. We can see how he can block something, cut between cuts, until the shot he took. Well, this movie is also one of the most difficult films he ever made after Saving Private Ryan and Jaws. This is also not very strange because there are many directors like Christopher Nolan, Robert Zemeckis, Matthew Vaughn, Peter Jackson, and Edgar Wright were all considered to direct this movie.
Speaking of the characters and actors, maybe the actors and actresses who play in here are still young but they managed to show everything in this movie. Tye Sheridan was great in this movie. He shows a gloomy character, resentment, and hatred of things around him even OASIS becomes his escapism from the real world. But he is the same. It makes no difference because he still feels alone but he has a best friend, Aech is played by Lena Waithe even though he only knows through video game world, not the real world. Lena Waithe also is cool, I think but not much I want to talk about him. Olivia Cooke as Art3mis is the same as Tye Sheridan, her character is hurt inside but very cool outside. Her cool characteristic is a trait that wants to be helped by anyone. From here, we know that Art3mis and Wade are indeed falling in love with each other and certainly, this is a cliche thing although I don’t deny it as well. If I want to talk who is the greatest, Mark Rylance and Ben Mendelsohn. I admit they both can be said the most dominate in this movie although I also can’t distinguish which one is the most dominant. Mark Rylance is great for being able to perform along with the coming-age actor and actress in this movie even though his role is short but Ben Mendelsohn is the problem. I’m not questioning his acting problem but the scenario for his character is bad. This antagonist character always does the wrong things when choosing an option, where his character produces a lot of plot holes let alone on the ending, I don’t know what to say about that. The music is really good, reminds me of the Jurassic Park movies and the movies I’ve seen in the childhood. Alan Silvestri is the composer where he also scores films such as Back To The Future, Forrest Gump, Predator, and other classic films.
When it comes to the moral messages that Steven Spielberg or Ernest Cline wants to convey, I think everything is clear. Wade is someone who hates peoples around him or even the things he encounters. It was just empty inside, the real world was nothing but a wind of messages that never existed while he was still able to enjoy his own world. Not just Wade, everyone who enters in OASIS is like that. On the streets, at home, even in public places, everyone tried. There is no longer a reality where everything is connected to one another. There is only the real world of fantasy that is not real either. It can also be associated with the real world, where people care more about their gadgets than themselves. You guys always see this or you even I live it, you hang out with friends or family but all people bow with their gadgets. Moreover, it has also been affected in children, children who prefer to be a vlogger rather than being doctors, architects, engineers, and etc. But there’s also a good side too. Wade is indeed a lonely person in the real world but not in OASIS. He even has a friend who believes in himself even though he only knows in a fantasy world than friends which we know in the real world always stab each other from behind. We are also more open in the virtual world than the real world which feels empty. But, this is all also not apart from what happens in a fantasy world because, of course, it will not fit with your expectations. Speaking about this movie, the ultimate showdown at the end of the movie is the best scene of everything even though I don’t want to spoilers. By the way, it’s really weird and funny that Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining also exists in this movie. Moreover, for those who haven’t watched the movie may not be into the jokes.
Overall, Ready Player One is one of Steven Spielberg’s greatest movies though is not a masterpiece but it’s worth to watch. This film presents us a pop culture classic until now as if Steven Spielberg has answered the demands of the nerd where we just want to see all video games and movies into one in a movie. With a cool and brilliant visual, a cinematography from Steven Spielberg, a nostalgic score from Alan Silvestri, and the ultimate showdown at the end of the film is really a masterpiece. But behind it all, this film clearly shows us the irony of the reality. This is one of the film nerd ever made by a famous director. This is very suitable for you especially nerd or just want to see some action.