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Editors Review Ready Player One: Michelle

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When I first saw the trailer for Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One, I honestly was a bit intimidated. There seemed to be so much going on in the movie, and I didn’t think I’d be able to handle all the chaos that had appeared on my small YouTube screen. However, one thing led to another and somehow, I ended up watching the film on a giant movie screen at The Waterfront.

I’ll just be very upfront and say that I found the movie to be just okay. This certainly wasn’t the reaction I expected to have before watching the movie; at least I was able to handle all the virtual world chaos. The graphics were all great and the overall concept of the movie was interesting, but the story was simply alright. I just think there were too many cliches in the movie. I felt as though I had already seen or heard a story like this before. Of course, the setting of the virtual world of the Ontologically Anthropocentric Sensory Immersive Simulation (OASIS) was unique and that was surely one of the more fascinating aspects of the film for me. Also the theme of technology and its interference with our interactions and perceptions of reality was very relevant and intriguing. However, the story itself was somewhat predictable, and I found many of the intentionally humorous punchlines to be a little cringe-worthy. I thought of Ready Player One as an odd take on an action-adventure children’s movie, with curse words you could only find in R-rated films, scattered throughout.

Aside from the cliched storyline, I thought the acting in the movie was pretty good. Tye Sheridan, who portrayed the main character Wade Watts, was a very brave and convincing hero in the film. I was also very impressed by Lena Waithe and Olivia Cook’s performances as Helen/Aech and Samantha Cook/Art3mis (respectively), who were very strong and badass female characters in the film. Something that I definitely appreciated about the film was the diversity of the entire main cast. The actors and actresses represented various ethnic and racial backgrounds, from African-American actress Lena Waithe to Japanese actor and singer Win Morisaki, who portrayed Toshiro/Daito in the film.

It truly was nice seeing the cultural inclusion and timely social topics presented in the film. I felt that the movie could have been much better if it built more on its strengths, especially in regards to themes of reality and technology. The scenes that really focused in on the topic seemed a bit rushed, and I wish they could have done more with that. I also felt like other parts of the storyline were a bit underdeveloped in the film, especially the romance between Wade and Samantha. Hopefully, the things that I felt were not covered as thoroughly in the film were covered in Ernest Cline’s novel. I guess I’ll have to read the book to find out.