When I first saw the Ready Player One Trailer, I knew it would contain some sort of nostalgia for everyone, even for people who are not of this generation. This got me excited about how Steven Spielberg would be able to incorporate all these elements together and how they would serve as a plot device. After seeing the movie, I have to say that he did a fine job.
The movie introduces us to a dystopian society where the only way to escape is through a virtual reality world or game known as the Oasis. The main character, Wade Watts, is an average teenager in the society who utilises the oasis almost every opportunity he gets which is highly understandable as the limitations to what you can do and be in the Oasis is endless, you can drive cars while trying to avoid getting killed by King Kong or a T-rex that has come out of Jurassic Park, playing a first-person shooter on Planet Doom as well as going to a casino as if it is real-life. This really showed me how in the future when virtual reality becomes so advanced like depicted in the film, it is a definite possibility that it could essentially become our daily lives which is a scary as well as an exciting thought. Initially, the movie starts with all the players in the Oasis trying to obtain the main Easter egg set by the creator of the Oasis known as James Halliday. As the story progresses we soon come to realize that this Easter egg hunt isn’t simply a fun game but a life and death situation. A corporation known as the 101 is a company run by businessman played by Ben Mendelson who plays an evil corporate businessman very well as he doesn’t care about the game, just the incredible fortune that comes with obtaining the egg. After learning about this, the movie is an adventure to stop the Easter egg falling into the wrong hands. To do this the main characters must get to the Easter egg before the corporation does. On the Journey, the characters must collect 3 keys to unlock the Easter Egg and there are many Pop Culture References during the collection of these 3 keys especially the big Shining Reference when the main characters must collect the second key. The only gripe I had with the movie is that the final battle felt a bit too short, even though it was mind-blowing, I wanted it to be able to experience it longer with possibly even more references and characters.
Written by Hamza Asad