Ready Player One Attracts Critics and Fans Alike

Critics and fans nationwide flocked to theaters on March 29th, when Steven Spielberg’s latest blockbuster, Ready Player One, hit theaters. Ready Player One revolves around Wade Watts (played by Tye Sheridan), a teenager living in Columbus, the fastest growing city in the world in the year 2045. In 2045, the world is overcrowded, so to escape reality people will spend hours and even days living in the virtual reality world of the movie, the Oasis.

When the creator of the Oasis, pop-culture loving James Halliday (played by Mark Rylance) dies, he announces that he has left an Easter egg in the Oasis. The Easter egg is revealed to be control over the Oasis, which includes the trillion dollar fortune of Halliday himself. Wade Watts and his friends team up to uncover the Easter egg, and race to stop IOI, a multi-billion dollar evil corporation bent on controlling the Oasis and using it for commercial and economic benefit.

There are two main focuses in Ready Player One, the nostalgia and the effects, both of which Steven Spielberg nails perfectly. Spielberg creates great effects with the use of CGI and captures the essence of the story. It is a great movie for people of any age to take a trip down memory lane, as it contains characters and references from many different times. It is a unique movie that is able to sneak in many references while still managing to maintain a good plot and development. It was a solid movie but seemed to rely too heavily on nostalgia and effects at some points. Overall I would rate it a 7.5/10.

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