Thursday, March 29, 2018

Ready Player One Movie Review

Tye Sheridan stars in Ready Player One

Might as Well Jump

Rotten Tomatoes Plot: In the year 2045, people can escape their harsh reality in the OASIS, an immersive virtual world where you can go anywhere, do anything, be anyone-the only limits are your own imagination. OASIS creator James Halliday (Mark Rylance) left his immense fortune and control of the OASIS to the winner of a contest designed to find a worthy heir. When unlikely hero Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan) conquers the first challenge of the reality-bending treasure hunt, he and his friends - known as the High Five - are hurled into a fantastical universe of discovery and danger to save the OASIS and their world. Directed by Steven Spielberg.

"These days, reality is a bummer," but Spielberg's Ready Player One offers hope for the future... assuming VR is half as charming and funny as the High Five makes it appear to be. It certainly exceeded my (admittedly low) expectations, despite a muddled opening, delivered hand-in-hand with a pounding retro soundtrack. Once the smoke cleared, I heartily bought into Spielberg's visually stunning celebration of pop culture, especially his more light-hearted moments (Saturday Night Fever dance sequence, and a bonafide hilarious tribute to The Shining.) It's clearly aimed at teens, but that didn't stop me from (almost) loving it.

Grade: B