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  • Writer's pictureStephen Yanni

Ready Player One - Spielberg's Odyssey into the OASIS!

Rating: ★★★★☆ (4/5 stars)

Released 03-29-2018

Watched 09-30-2023

Reviewed 10-02-2023

Purchased from iTunes


"I just came here to escape, but I found something much bigger than myself. I found my friends. I found love! And now people have lost their lives."


Ernest Cline’s “Ready Player One” was a novel that spoke to nostalgic souls, as well as those with an affinity for futuristic tales. With the novel's vast popularity, expectations for its silver-screen adaptation were immensely high. Directed by the visionary Steven Spielberg, the film adaptation does a commendable job of transporting viewers into the expansive and riveting world of the OASIS.


Visually, Spielberg has once again proved his mastery over cinema. The visual sequences are absolutely breathtaking, and the use of motion capture brings a realism to a world that is anything but. The landscapes, the avatars, the sheer scale of OASIS – all are depicted with a grandeur that demands attention.


The heart of Cline’s novel, however, lies in its homage to the 1980s and its pop culture. Spielberg captures this essence brilliantly, making it a treat for fans of that golden era. Every frame is jam-packed with easter eggs, references, and nods to a bygone era, making it a delightful watch for fans and Easter egg hunters.


Yet, when it comes to translating the novel’s soul and essence to the big screen, the film falls slightly short. It's a challenging feat, of course, to encapsulate every nuance of a beloved book. While some changes to the challenges were understandable for cinematic adaptation, there are moments where the spirit of the original narrative felt slightly diluted.


Box office numbers reflect its blockbuster status, and despite critiques, it remains a testament to the film's appeal. Some purists may lean towards the phrase, "The book was better," but it's undeniable that Spielberg's adaptation is a cinematic spectacle.


In conclusion, “Ready Player One” is a visual marvel, paying tribute to an era of pop culture while presenting a futuristic tale. While it may not perfectly mirror the heart of its source material, it is undeniably a Spielberg film, teeming with imagination and wonder. For lovers of the '80s, Spielberg enthusiasts, and sci-fi aficionados, this film is definitely worth the ticket.

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