Ready Player One is a science fiction adventure film directed and produced by Steven Spielberg and written by Zak Penn and Ernest Cline. The film is based on the 2011 novel which also shares the same name, and is also written by Ernest Cline himself. The film stars Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn, Lena Waithe, Phillip Zhao, Win Morisaki, Hannah Kamen, Mark Rylance, and Simon Pegg.
The film takes place in the year 2045 where the world has become overpopulated and broken. In order to get away from the harsh depressing reality life has become, people now escape through a virtual reality world known as the OASIS. The OASIS is a virtual reality system created by James Halliday who is played by Mark Rylance. The OASIS was created to be a Utopia where people are able to not only escape their harsh lives, but also interact with one another from any where in the world, and be who they want to be based on their own imagination making the possibilities in the OASIS endless. Sometime before the film takes place, James Halliday passes away and decides to create a tournament where he hides three keys throughout the OASIS. The one who finds all three keys is granted half a trillion dollars along with complete control of the OASIS. Controlling the OASIS means complete control of the world and due to this, people known as Gunthers, have gone on the hunt to find the keys in order to control the future
The Cast is huge, but in this review I’ll be discussing a few of the main characters introduced in this film. Starting off with:
Wade Watts played by Tye Sheridan:
is the main protagonist of this story who when introduced in this film is shown to be living in the stacks with his aunt and abusive boyfriend. In the OASIS, Wade takes on the name Parzival who is a gunther, and is shown to be a huge 80s fan much like his hero and the man he’s inspired by throughout the film, James Halliday(Mark Rylance). Sometime early on in the film, Wade ends up finding the first key and in doing so, eventually becomes a target by everyone including the Innovative Online Industries(IOI). Tye Sheridan shines in this role as Wade Watts and does a great job portraying a character that is relatable, fun, chill and overall a character you want to root for throughout the film.
Aech played by Lena Waithe:
is also a Gunther and Wade’s best friend. Aech in the film not only helps Wade hunt for the hidden keys, but also owns a garage in the virtual system where he can fix and create a variety of vehicles and items, which makes him a popular player in the OASIS just based on those skills alone. Throughout the film Aech along with Wade and the rest of the high five battle the IOI for the three keys and saving the future. Lena Waithe does a wonderful job in her role as Aech and is both funny and charming in this movie along with bringing great humor that many fans will have a joy watching on screen.
Art3mis played by Olivia Cooke:
is also a Gunther and leader of a revolution who’s sole purpose is to stop and take down the IOI before they obtain the three keys. Due to her work in her hunt for the three keys, Art3mis is known to be one of the most popular players in the OASIS. Art3mis is also the love interest for Wade Watts and the two of them quickly gain an attraction towards one another on their journey throughout the film. Olivia Cooke is amazing in her role as Art3mis. Olivia brings a great balance of strength and empathy for her character that in the end makes many viewers including myself love her the same way Wade does in the film, and the strength she brings to her role makes her character awesome in more ways than one.
Nolan Sorrento played by Ben Mendelsohn:
is the CEO of Innovative Online Industries(IOI), and is the main antagonist of the film. After Wade Watts ends up finding the first key, Nolan Sorrento hunts down Wade and his friends and tries to prevent them from finding the rest of the hidden keys by any means necessary in order to obtain them himself and control the OASIS. Ben Mendelsohn gives off another great performance as the villain of this story, and is able to bring a cold level headed attitude that is well appreciated and overall fun to watch!
James Halliday played by Mark Rylance:
creates the OASIS along with his friend Ogden Morrow, and creates an Easter Egg hunt for three hidden keys he scatters throughout the OASIS, granting the winner a fortune and complete control of the virtual system. He is also Wade Watts biggest hero and inspiration in the film. Mark Rylance is able to give a performance that makes you understand the character James Halliday on a deep emotional level that many will appreciate and love.
Ogden Morrow played by Simon Pegg:
is co-creator of the OASIS along with his best friend James Halliday, and sometime before the beginning of the film has a fallen out with James, due to trying to help him become more connected with the real world and less connected with virtual world. Simon Pegg is great addition to the cast and his role in this film without going into spoilers is welcoming and meaningful to the overall plot of the film.
My thoughts on the movie:
Ready Player One is an amazing film that is very much not only a throwback to 80s pop culture but also a well written science fiction adventure that tells the story of what it means to become form a bond with people no matter where or who they are, and also the consequences of what could happen if one becomes too obsessed with technology and losses connection with the real world. Steven Spielberg does a great job creating a utopian world that connects with many fans of pop culture along with a cast that also does a great job portraying characters that are not only believable, but also relatable and easy to understand. Ready Player One is a film with not just great writing, acting and directing, but also great cinematography that helps introduce a world full of imagination and wonder that makes it easy for viewers to believe in and love, and in the end allows Steven Spielberg to create magic on screen that many have not seen before in other films. Ready Player One is definitely a must watch for anyone, and is a film that I believe will bring a great amount of feelings of nostalgia that many people will appreciate, myself included. Steven Spielberg and the rest of the cast and crew created something special and a true classic!
Check out the latest trailer for Ready Player One down below:
Ready Player One Dreamer Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rjLVCpE3kuw