"Ready Player One"

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        Cinema buffs and common movie-goers have dubbed Steven Spielberg as many things. A pioneer, genius and visionary, to name a few. His latest triumph, “Ready Player One,” is a masterpiece of color, classic references, an incredible cast and an amazing plot. Spielberg and Ernest Cline, the author of the “Ready Player One” novel, have truly outdone themselves. 

        The plot is set in the year of 2045, where the now-dystopian world is seen through the worldwide virtual reality game known as the Oasis. The game’s creator, James Halliday (Mark Rylance), hid a virtual Easter Egg in the game before he died, only found by winning three keys to three different gates. The winner receives an immense fortune and total control of the Oasis itself. 

        Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan), aka Parzival, is a devoted egg hunter and Halliday expert. He, along with the rest of the world, has been searching for the keys for years, with no success. But when he suddenly discovers a hidden clue to the first key, his future changes drastically. Wade must enlist the help of his friends and fellow Gunters: Art3mis (Olivia Cooke), Aech (Lena Waithe), Sho (Philip Zhao) and Daito (Win Morisaki) to find the Egg, before the devious IOI sixers and the evil Nolan Sorrento (Ben Mendelsohn) get there first. 

       Wade Watts is a brilliant protagonist. He’s the kind of relatable hero that teenagers can connect with on a personal level. In the real world, he’s just your typical teenage boy, a superhero’s alter ego. In the Oasis, he’s a blue and silver-skinned alien with a flying Delorean. But each part of him represents something important. In the Oasis, in any virtual reality game, people see what others want them to. A person can be anything they want, their best, ideal self. Wade, although not a first, discovers that he and Parzival are truly the same person and that he really can be a hero. This discovery speaks wonders for his character development and his fight for those he cares about. Sheridan portrays that specific trait extremely well, an ideal fit for his role. 

       Art3mis, Aech, Sho and Daito are the heart and humor of this movie. Each of them manage to capture the hearts of viewers in the span of two thrilling hours, with their witty banter and distinct individuality. The best part is meeting them in the Oasis and then discovering who they truly are in the real world. Every actor creates a real sense of seperation, bringing out their character’s traits even while acting without their own faces. 

       The brain behind the Oasis, Halliday, is one of those shadow characters, the kind that drives the others into action and inspiration without intending to. He’s a typical nerdy, socially-awkward guy, with his own past and regrets. Rylance does a wonderful job bringing this certain realness to Halliday, a raw truth and authenticity. 

       The detail of “Ready Player One” is phenomenal, there are so many Easter Eggs in a single frame it would take hours to find them all. Spielberg handles the numerous, classic 80s references, including his own, with great care and appreciation, making the audience weep with joy. And it is not only the 80’s that are referenced, there are countless other pop- culture cameos too. Everyone who watches it can find something they love and recognize. 

        Overall, “Ready Player One” is a sensational adventure that is pure detail and cinematic mastery. Ernest Cline and Steven Spielberg have embraced what pop culture really means to people, creating an outstanding oasis for all viewers to enjoy.