Going into this film, my biggest concern was that it would just a special effects show, that spat 80s references at 88 miles an hour. Was I pleasantly surprised? Kind of. It was a fun film with a lot of heart. Does that make it a good film. No, I wouldn’t consider this a very good film. The special effects were actually really good. The references were sometimes a little distracting but not actually that bad. Certain pop culture items fit very well into the story. The characters were split into two in my mind. Their video game avatars, and their real life counter parts. As far as the five lead heroes, all except for “art3mis” (the female lead) were good in their avatar selves. It was exactly the opposite in the real world. She was very good, while the others left a little more to be desired. Our main protagonist (avatar named parzival, real name wade) was serviceable but I would have liked to have seen a little more. The two characters who I personally enjoyed the most, were T.J Millers villain character “I-r0k”, and the creator of the oasis himself (don’t want to mention him much because most of his scenes delve into spoilers.) The soundtrack being comprised of 80s classics was obviously a hit with me. The story was good, but I felt they went about certain parts wrong. Not having read the book, I still enjoyed the adaptation. From what I’ve heard, a lot has been changed. Even though the film was flawed, there is still some a good time to be had with this film.
Ready Player One gets 3.3 keys out of 5
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