Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Movie review of Ready Player One

Ready Player One - 5.5/10
Directed by Steven Spielberg

One of the few movies, I have mixed feelings about. I guess its because I have read the book. And now after watching the movie, I wouldn't say its great, it's quite shit actually. Those who haven't read the book, will enjoy the movie because the nostalgic factor is high. But those who have read the book, will be disappointed and pissed at how bad the book was butchered. And of all people, it's Spielberg. I understand it's not easy transitioning a book to a movie and there are some changes they had to make due to copyrights and all. Even if you have to change the story line a bit also I can understand but the way the story was butchered, even parts that are not important is why I am quite disappointed with Ready Player One.
Casting. Ty Sheridan as Wade/Percival looks a little too old and his acting is too rigid. Making Sho as a 11 year old Chinese boy is probably to get into the Chinese market. A bit cheebye but understandable. In the book, there are a few deaths, in the movie, all are alive and well. That's probably Spielberg being Spielberg. Everything must be happy. Even Wade's back story also changed horribly. Making the Auntie look like a nice person. Why? That part you didn't have to change it from the book what. Olivia Cooke as Art3mis and Lena Waithe as Aech were good choices. They played their roles well. T.J Miller as I-Rok had some funny lines but ill timed. Ben Mendelsohn as Sorrento was rubbish. Want to be the bad guy but act cute. Fuck you lah. Simon Pegg as Ogden Morrow was a good choice however very little screen time and should have been given a larger role.
Soundtrack was fun and all the movie references of cult classics were the only good things going for me. Watching the Delorean again and pointing out so many classic pop culture and gaming characters, made me grin and laugh even though I knew some of them were not in the book.

All in all, Ready Player One is a fun nostalgic movie to watch with your loved ones, provided if you haven't read the book. If you have read the book, I suggest you watch it on a weekday so you won't really get too pissed.

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