Have you ever wished you could escape your reality in a far off world that allowed you to be who you truly wanted? Well Steven Spielberg did in his adaptation of Ernest Cline’s bestselling novel Ready Player One. The story follows protagonist Wade Watts (Tye Seridan) in the year 2045 and his adventures both in reality, where he is slumming in the “Stacks” of Columbus Ohio, and in his virtual reality, the Oasis, where he teams up with virtual friend Aech (Lena Waithe). We start the story where Wade, and millions of other dedicated gamers have been hunting obsessively for an elusive Easter egg left hidden by the game’s late creator James Halliday (Mark Rylance), an eccentric genius who was obsessed with the 1980s and challenged his users to find three keys and pass through three gates which intern they would be rewarded for with his trillion dollar fortune and his controlling share in the Oasis’ parent company.
Researching their way through the 80s pop-culture, from early video games to chart topping music and even TV shows the “gunters”, those wanting to unlock the fortune, work through cryptic clues and as Wade’s character Parzival becomes the first player to pass the first test the game begins to ramp up. As four other top gunters, and players Wade considers friends, Aech, Art3mis (Olivia Cooke), Daito (Win Morisaki) & Sho (Philip Zhao), figure out the way to pass level 1 they are quickly made aware of how much trouble they are in when rival tech giant IOI whom hires professional gamers called “sixers” closes in on their lead. As the team of players each make their way through the second level and form a team called “High Five” the gap is closed and as the IOI and their leader Nolan Sorrento (Ben Mendelsohn) march towards the end line it is left up to “High Five” to finish first and save the world from what IOI would turn it into.
If you haven’t yet seen the masterpiece that is Ready Payer One then make sure you don’t miss out. While many say that their is much missing from the original story I disagree and think that this adapted recantation allows for a new generation of gamers and movie-goers alike to share in a world we’d all rather live in.