"Ready Player One" stars Tye Sheridan ("X-Men: Apocalypse", "Mud"), Olivia Cooke ("Me and Earl and the Dying Girl", "Bates Motel"), Ben Mendelsohn ("Rogue One - A Star Wars Story", "Bloodline") and T.J. Miller ("Deadpool", "Silicon Valley"), with Simon Pegg (the "Star Trek" movies, the "Mission: Impossible" movies) and Oscar victor Mark Rylance ("Bridge of Spies", upcoming "Dunkirk"). Blink and you'll miss dozens of things.
Steven Spielberg's Ready Player One has one eye firmly on a satire of present day social media platforms and their embrace of VR and AR technology, and the other on a retro-riot of pop-culture fun and games.
It'd only be fun if the Iron Giant could fight Mechagodzilla.
A month after the try-out he got a call from his agent: "You're going to be working with Steven Spielberg this summer". The king of big-screen entertainments like "E.T." and "Raiders of the Lost Ark" has matured into a serious filmmaker whose heart seems more in movies for parents like "The Post" than for their kids like "The BFG". In the final lap, though, his pedal on the metal slips. Cline and Zak Penn's much-changed adaptation contains visual jokes, both one-offs and set pieces, which shouldn't be spoiled. I haven't read the book, but I'm eager to do so. The nostalgia-fueled Warner Bros. adventure, which takes place in a near-future where humanity revolves around a virtual reality known as the Oasis, was tracking for a sluggish $35 million opening. The ever-earnest Tye Sheridan plays Wade Watts, who escapes the realities over an over-populated 2045 by playing the popular virtual reality game the OASIS (nothing to do with Noel or Liam).
"Ready Player One" had a similar effect on me when I first got a glimpse of the Oasis. Living in a skyscraper trailer park monstrosity in Columbus, Ohio, with his aunt and her belligerent boyfriend, Wade - or his avatar Parcival - spends much of his time in OASIS. He said that there are three hidden keys to collect in the virtual universe. It's hard to think of a film so determined to pack itself full of visual Easter eggs for its audience. Bruce Wayne serves as a mentor or father figure for many people on this list and he would willingly lay down his life to defend any one of them.
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But Bender later said that was a joke on Twitter, saying he wouldn't let his son go because "he is failing math". He added , "I'm sorry that NRATV did that". " Plot, plan, strategize, organize, and mobilize ".
Innovative Online Industries (IOI), a corporation with plans to completely monetize the Oasis, assembles an entire department dedicated to winning Halliday and Morrow's creation.
But Wade has plenty of competition, including the minions of ruthless corporate honcho Nolan Sorrento (Ben Mendelsohn) who wants OASIS for himself.
Ready Player One hits theaters tomorrow. It'll leave you breathless.
The most tepid parts are the undeveloped love story, which doesn't come across so convincingly, and the third and final game itself. As he did with his underrated version of "Tintin", Spielberg keeps the action furious but also rather elegantly staged, whether it's a go-for-broke auto race or a zero-gravity dance off.
But in spite of its moral criticisms, "Ready Player One" remains an unabashed love letter to the pop culture of the 1980s, from its John Hughes trivia dialogue to its time-rewinding Robert Zemeckis joke right down to its persistent soundtrack, which sweeps us from Van Halen to Tears for Fears to Hall and Oates. But if you look past the shiny, attractive images, the detailed tapestry of references and the '80s pop hits, the story itself just doesn't stand up to the epic scope of Spielberg's vision.