Ready Player One (2018)
Director: Steven Spielberg
Screenwriters: Ernest Cline, Zac Penn
Starring: Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn, Lena Waithe, T.J. Miller, Simon Pegg, Mark Rylance, Philip Zhao, Win Morisaki, Hannah John-Kamen
Plot: When the creator of a virtual reality world called the OASIS dies, he releases a video in which he challenges all OASIS users to find his Easter Egg, which will give the finder his fortune.
Spielberg has gone back to the future to reintroduce contemporary audiences to the magic and glowing enthusiasm of 80s coming of age movies with Ready Player One – his blockbuster adaptation of Ernest Cline’s pop culture inspired video game adventure novel – and he’s made sure to include a lot more than just a reminder of all the intellectual properties he could get his hands on, he’s made potentially the best original teenage adventure film in the past 20 years.
This fun and at times moving yet always uplifting outing comes together to present its nostalgia trips with such a degree of respect that they are rarely distracting and never work towards diminishing the overall enjoyment of the visual spectacle and the film’s positive narrative of coming together to overcome tyrannical rule, instead offering moment after moment for further exploration in an Easter Egg filled movie reminiscent of the great video games that inspired many of its story beats.
Ready Player One is the perfect fist-raising, cinema-worshipping, video-game-celebrating movie for the whole family to enjoy, and is the most avid reminder of just how much we all need a little Steven Spielberg in our lives. Positive to a fault and featuring some of that all-encompassing faith in humanity that only Spielberg can present in such a way, Ready Player One is wish fulfilment 101 for modern teenagers and more importantly an instant family classic.
The master has struck again.