Spielberg goes into Mega Drive
This is it, lads. This is the one we have all been waiting for. It’s Ernest Cline’s most celebrated work. Ready. Player. One. To read the book is to love the concept, a future lost inside its own past, with only an awesome quest to give people hope! This both is the story for Ready Player One and what sounds like the tale for director creator Stephen Spielberg, but I suppose the reel question is will Ready Player One be a Dreamcast come true or just a little Game Boy!
There is a lot to be said for the power of a director when you have a powerhouse like Spielberg you start to you can’t help but wonder how this film came about, was he a fan of the book? Was it suggested to him by someone close to him? We might never know, but this is clearly a labour of love for Spielberg. Watching Ready Player One it feels there is one clear message throughout. No one says no to Spielberg (unless you are Disney).
There is a nutshell is Ready Player One’s greatest success, references to other movies and games. However, can we really call that a success? To stand on the shoulders of other peoples successes and pretend it is our own? If this was a lesser known director would we have so much respect for the feature or just feel like he was taking the easy way out? That question isn’t for me to answer.
Personally, I loved Ready Player One because I am of the perfect age where I get almost all the jokes and pointers. We shouldn’t ignore what Spielberg has actually done in Ready Player One he has made a true family film, much like Sherk before it, there is something for just about everyone in Ready Player One.
Unsurprisingly, Ready Player One is drastically different from the book of the same title. While I understand most changes between mediums, after considering it, there is one major change from the movie to the book which I feel totally destroys the heart of the story. This is a shame because if they had kept true to the source material we could have had a 5-star film on our hands.
Ready Player One is a rollercoaster which you willingly pay to get onto and then it throws you around the room for 2 hours, it doesn’t stop and doesn’t want you to either. The movie wants you to enjoy yourself and nothing more. In honesty I did just that.
What was surprising to me was the cast, it comprises of mostly faces I hadn’t seen before and each of them carried their own portion of the film. The younger cast members show they have bright futures but it is Mark Rylance and Ben Mendelsohn who really steal the show.
Ready Player One is a movie to truly define this generation, it’s filled with nostalgic references but ultimately is empty. Like a beautiful piece of art that’s just a photocopy of someone else’s work.