Disclaimer: Before reading the review, please note that I am a fan of Steven Spielberg and think that he was, is and will be an influence on many directors in the future.
Ready Player One follows Parzival, known as Wade Watts in the real world, as he goes on a quest for the keys to the Oasis.
The script, penned by Zak Penn and Ernest Cline, author of the original novel, is tightly written. There is more of a focus on characters and characterisation than I had anticipated, which made the film a more focused viewing than anticipated.
The characters are mostly written as fully fledged characters, with more focus being placed in the writing for the core cast of characters, which should be expected.
The plotting of the film is relatively simple but allows space for the film to revel in the adventurous fun that it aims for. This is aided by the fact that everything that is used in the movie has a purpose to it. The same is even said for most of the elements of nostalgia that are used in the film.
Tye Sheridan shows that he has the aptitude to be one of the leading men for the next generation of actors. He has managed to adeptly showcase the duality of both his roles as Wade Watson in the real world and Parzival in the Oasis. He also manages to showcase the change in his character over the span of the film.
Olivia Cooke showcases her abilities in her portrayal of Art3mis/Samantha in order to help ground the film for the real world. Her characters strong persona is an effective way to hide the character’s vulnerability.
Ben Mendelsohn manages to create a captivating villain, who appears menacing from his corporate position. However, his role would not have been the same if it wasn’t for Hannah John-Kamen’s portrayal of his assistant F’nale, although her character could have been expanded upon.
Finally, Mark Rylance and Simon Pegg provide a great pairing as Halliday and Ogden Morrow respectively. Their relationship is really well portrayed as the actors have a great chemistry amongst each other.
Steven Spielberg manages to remind the world of how direction can help add to the story. Every camera movement manages to add layers to the story that is being told.
Spielberg utilises both worlds to the best of their ability as he employs the same techniques that he uses for his real world camera shots in the digital realm.
His use of nostalgic camera shots from classic shows adds to the nostalgia factor, as well as the fun factor of the film.
All of this put together shows that Steven Spielberg is still a master director whom many should aspire to emulate.
Number of times I looked at my watch: Zero.
Recommendation: Watch this movie.