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A "Ready Player One" review

By Juana Jones
On April 13, 2018

Source: Warner Bros.

On March 29, the long-awaited movie “Ready Player One” was released. Costing over $170 million, filmmaking legend Steven Spielberg’s new movie was built for success. 

With a great plot flow, interesting characters and out-of-this-world graphics, “Ready Player One” deserves some sort of an award - whether that’d be an Oscar or runner up for Movie of the Year. However, in the transition from book to movie the plot of the story suffers major changes.  

The story revolves around Wade Watts, who is also known as Parzival and is a part of a group of gamers known as the “High Five” as they fight to win through a series of game-designer holiday, an Easter egg challenge and a fight stop IOI from taking over the Orisis. 

The cast chosen to fill the roles of the “High Five” was chosen perfectly. However, the real MVPs of the cast are Lena Waithe as Aech and Philip Zhao as Sho. These two are the most relatable characters for most viewers. Sho is an eleven-year-old super gamer while Aech is an all-star in the public but she’s a shy, kind-hearted person on the inside. Only the CGI can top these two’s acting. 

There is an enormous amount of CGI in the movie; however, that is to be expected when 85% of the movie takes place in a computerized fantasy world. CGI is very difficult to integrate with real-world acting. 

This is best seen with Mecha Godzilla vs RX-78-2 Gundam and the dance scene between Parzival and Art3mas. Seeing the iconic Mecha’s Godzilla and Gundam fight is any geek’s dream come true. In the dance scene with Parzival and Art3mas, it’ll make anyone believe what they saw is possible. On the downside, with every great movie comes its flaws.  

Fans of the book might be disappointed by the changes made in the plot. First, the plot change is all the challenges have been changed from the book to the movie. The race was never in the book nor was the Stephen King challenge. 

Second, the last Easter egg challenge was in the book, it occurred slightly later in the movie. 

Third, it took three people to open the final gate instead of Parzival like he did in the book. 

Lastly, there were more than three robots and the Iron Giant was not one of them.  

 Overall, given the flaws and changes between the book and the movie, “Ready Player One” is still considered a great movie and one of Spielberg’s best. “Ready Player One” has a little something for everyone - ranging from games to movies, romance to horror. However, be advised this is still an action movie and watching in 3D can cause motion sickness.

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