Review – Ready Player One (2018)

by Colby Sanchez

The year is 2045. Wade Watts lives with his aunt and her deadbeat boyfriend in shady part of Columbus, Ohio. Like most of his peers, Wade spends most his time fleeing from his problems by getting lost in a virtual reality called the OASIS. The game was created by the late James Halliday. The objective of the game is to obtain 3 keys that lead to a prize, granting the winner Halliday’s fortune, and complete ownership over the OASIS. Teaming up with his friends, the High Five, Watts goes on the biggest Easter egg hunt of his life.

Upon my first viewing of the trailer, I was incredibly skeptical about seeing Ready Player One. What encouraged me to roll the dice was simply because this is the first film Steven Spielberg has put out that isn’t Oscar bait in a long time. Once the credits hit the big screen, I shouted out loud, “This is the best Spielberg film in over a decade!” While I do enjoy his dramatic flicks, I finally left the theater feeling like a kid again, reconnecting with all those childhood memories of when I first saw E.T. the Extra Terrestrial, Hook, and Jurassic Park. I honestly didn’t get much sleep after the movie because I couldn’t stop thinking about it.

Ready Player One is heavily doused in ‘80s and ‘90s pop culture. Nostalgia may play a large role in the film, but it’s fresh and a lovable cast is merely the icing on the cake. Supplying non-stop laughter and entertainment to enjoy throughout. Alongside the stellar cast is an outstanding soundtrack. Tears for Fears, New Order, and Hall & Oates are just a few to name.

Spielberg knocks it out of the park with this visually stimulating, action packed ride. This is the Easter egg hunt you should be participating in this weekend. “Take the leap” and check out Ready Player One this weekend!

I’m giving Ready Player One a 5 out of 5 hairpieces!

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