Review: Ready Player One

Ready Player One

Ready Player One

Genre: Sci-Fi, Action, Adventure
Duration: 140 Minutes
Language: English
India Release Date: 30-MAR-2018
Pick-D-Flick Rating: 4 on 5

Story:
In the year 2045, the real world is a harsh place. The only time Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan) truly feels alive is when he escapes to the OASIS, an immersive virtual universe where most of humanity spends their days. In the OASIS, you can go anywhere, do anything, be anyone-the only limits are your own imagination. The OASIS was created by the brilliant and eccentric James Halliday (Mark Rylance), who left his immense fortune and total control of the Oasis to the winner of a three-part contest he designed to find a worthy heir. When Wade conquers the first challenge of the reality-bending treasure hunt, he and his friends-aka the High Five-are hurled into a fantastical universe of discovery and danger to save the OASIS.

Overall Review:
Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One is the story of a rebellion through the lens of a video game protagonist. There is a strong 80’s vibe to the whole film, despite being set in the future. Visually, the film is one of the most beautiful things you will see in the cinema. Ready Player One takes us into the history of films, TV and games and stirs them all together in a nostalgic masterclass. Everything from Production design to Cinematography is nearly flawless. The casting is pretty solid throughout from the choices for the High Five to the power hungry Nolan Sorrento and his sidekick F’Nale Zandor (Hannah John-Kamen). The film neatly divides the time between the real world characters and the avatars they play but does so in a way that the actual actors always feel present on screen even when in avatar form. Even though the running time is a fairly solid 140 odd minutes, story line is slightly underdeveloped in places and condensed in others and at times it does feel as it is in a desperate rush to get to the next level without exploring all the levels properly. And perhaps because of this crammed narrative, the end of the film does feel anti-climactical whereas it might have worked better split into two films so as to fully flesh out the characters and spend more time within the world of the Oasis. Nevertheless, this is the film that will catapults you into a world of nostalgia and cinematic beauty. At the end, “Ready Player One” is a film for anyone and everyone.

PDF Verdict:
Rushed narrative and under developed story at few places would have worked better as two films but, in spite of all that, Spielberg’s classic is still immensely enjoyable and so much great fun to watch that at the end of the movie, one would wish to have an option “REPLAY” instead “GAME OVER”. Ready Player One is a film that will paint a smile on your face – A true blockbuster and a worthy addition in Sci-Fi Genre..

Ratings:4 on 5
Performance: 4 on 5
Script: 3.5 on 5
Screenplay: 3.5 on 5
Music / Background Score: 4 on 5
CGI / Animation: 4 on 5

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