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Ready Player One Review

Christopher McAllister, Staff Writer

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Ready Player One is an adaptation of the book of the same name by Ernest Cline. The film is directed by Steven Spielberg and stars Tye Sheridan as Parzival/Wade and Olivia Cooke as Art3mis. While the phrase “the book was better than the movie” has become very cliche over the years, I do think Ready Player One was better as a book than as a movie. In saying that, the movie was excellent and was the best movie I watched over spring break. Although the movie was very enjoyable, those who read the book might have sat there cringing at the many changes that differed from the book. I, however, knew that some of the changes were necessary due to an inability for Warner Bros to own everything mentioned in the book. Then again, some of the best characters from the book were underused and the exposition could’ve been better. While exposition can be the downfall of many good movies, here they only grazed over the way of life in OASIS with one small snippet. The book goes much deeper into the world of the OASIS and how people live and learn inside it. The movie did have many excellent action setpieces. The opening race for the key and the later revisited parts were excellent. The cinematography did not strain your eyes by moving the central figure out of focus. One of the biggest problems most people have with the movie is the focus on Wade as a boring character; however, I didn’t have any problems with it as Wade is supposed to be the anyman, a universal character to which everyone can relate to. The other characters were definitely more interesting, but Wade was not boring. I really enjoyed the movie, but it is definitely a movie to see with some friends and then debate with some trademark Oratory Banter.

All in All, I give Ready Player One a 4.5/5

Photo Credit: readyplayeronemovie.com

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