Ready Player One (2018)

Ready Player One
Director: Steven Spielberg
Writer: Zak Penn, Ernest Cline
Based on: Ernest Cline’s novel
Cast: Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn, Lena Waithe, T.J. Miller, Simon Pegg, Mark Rylance, Philip Zhao, Win Morisaki, Hannah John-Kamen, Ralph Ineson, Susan Lynch
Seen on: 14.4.2018

Wade (Tye Sheridan) spends every possible second in OASIS, virtual reality world where he can be Parzival and kick ass. When one of the creators of OASIS, James Halliday (Mark Rylance) dies, it is revealed that he left OASIS to whoever is able to find three hidden elements in it that could be anywhere. Obsessed with OASIS and Halliday as Wade is, he figures, he will give it a shot. But he’s not the only one trying to get it.

Ready Player One is really, really bad. It’s insufferable, illogical and generally induces eye-rolling until you’re sore. At least there’s Lena Waithe to make things a little better.

I hadn’t planned on watching Ready Player One after stumbling upon some longer excerpts from the novel it is based on and being utterly horrified by them, I figured I’d sell my copy of the novel unread and skip the film. But in the end, I got roped in and watched it armed with alcohol. Desperately, desperately needed alcohol.

From what I gather, the film does make the best of the novel and actually manages to give it something that resembles a coherent plot, even if it’s not a plot that makes a whole lot of sense or stands any test of logic if you think about it for more than two seconds. But hey, it’s something. It’s just not something good.

It’s a film where the head of a huge IT corporation has his password scribbled on a post-it note easily visible in his office. And it’s not like that password is some hard to remember random sequence of numbers and letters. No. The password is B055man69. Even I fucking remembered it even months after seeing the film. And that’s just one small thing that made me want to headdesk (like the “”disfigured”” girl that made me want to scream). That’s not even taking into account the general idea of the contest (incredibly irresponsible and not feasible) or the way they make the world better in the end (naive and impractical) or the toxic idea of fan culture that the entire thing promotes.

The film’s biggest fault, though, is that the pretty much all the characters in it are absolutely insufferable. Smug, arrogant, blinkered and generally unlikeable, one wonders why one should root for any of them (with the exception of Lena Waithe who does manage to wrangle humor and likeabitlity from her character).

In short, Ready Player One is just horrible and should best be forgotten forever.

Summarizing: Do not waste your time on it.

5 thoughts on “Ready Player One (2018)

      • Afraid so :-D. Actually, loved would be a more apt description. Yes, the “disfigured girl” was completely ridiculous, and the passwort-scene silly, but otherwise, for me, it was a great refinement of the ideas from the (less than stellar) novel, with great action scenes, heart and soul, and two messages that I approve of (its critique of corporations owning/monopolizing/controlling beloved IPs, and somehow managing to celebrate the joy within and the opportunity of self-discovery- and expression of fandom, the internet and virtual reality, while also cautioning the viewer to not forget about the real world). Overall, for me, it was last year’s best blockbuster/popcorn movie.

        Sorry ^^.

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