"Ready Player One" attempts to show its audience that hope is a powerful tool that inspires others while changing the world in the process. Just below the surface, it shows a world clinging to the past and not preparing for the future.
The year is 2045, and the planet has gone through some pretty substantial changes. Poverty is rampant, the economy has taken a nosedive, and most of the population is living in crudely built homes no better than a shack.
To escape the problems of everyday life the population retreats into a virtual world known as the Oasis. In the Oasis, people can become anyone they want to be without leaving the comfort of their homes. Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan) is one of many people who has let this program define them.
Like many of the users, Watts is obsessed with solving the puzzle left behind by the Oasis’s creator, James Halliday (Mark Rylance), after he died. The mystery involves studying Halliday’s life to unlock the clues. If successful the winner will gain full control over this computer platform. Watts and his friends decide to work together to solve the puzzle before a private company can claim it to use it for financial gain.
The vibe of this film radiates an entirely different picture then what is advertised. The world that Watts and his friends explore is not a world that I would want to be a part of at all. Everyone with computer headsets is focused on something fake rather than building a better life. Life offers a lot more than a computer and individual achievements.
"Ready Player One" works well as a book, but when it comes to translating it to the big screen, it loses a lot in making that leap. Filmmakers make a big gamble in assuming the audience has read author Ernest Cline’s book. There are several moments have this feeling to them in the movie. The most noticeable one is with the main villain Nolan Sorrento (Ben Mendelsohn), who is the CEO of Innovative Online Industries. It provides a little backstory on him or his company. This lack of information creates significant gaps in the story without any explanation.
The other downside to this film is it uses too much computer animation to tell its narrative. The movie looks half done as scenes transition from animated to live action.
If you are looking for something to see this weekend “Ready Player One” is one to skip. It is largely forgettable.
I give it two and a half mustaches out of five.
Ready Player One is rated PG-13 for sequences of sci-fi action violence, bloody images, some suggestive material, partial nudity, and language. It runs 140 minutes.