Steven Spielberg‘s Ready Player One was presented at South by Southwest on March 11. The movie is scheduled to be released worldwide (with the exception of just a few countries) during the Easter 2018 weekend. Critics and reviewers appreciated the movie for its incredible visual effects but, as it often happens with novel adaptations, criticized the lack of character development. Certainly something new for a Steven Spielberg’s movie.
Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan) is a normal guy living in the desolating world of 2045. As every other human being on the planet, his only consolation is the OASIS, a parallel virtual universe where he can be whatever he wants. James Halliday (Mark Rylance), the creator of the OASIS, died and promised his fortune and the control of the virtual universe to the winner of a three-part contest to be played inside that world. Wade gets into the game and the more he gets closer to victory, the more he faces the truth hidden behind that virtual reality circus.
Once again, Steven Spielberg offers us a great movie. His Ready Player One is much more than a perfect visual effects exercise. Same as Ernest Cline‘s novel, it is an alarm bell ringing for all of us seeking for digital happiness. Curious that this movie premiers in the days where Facebook is under attack for the way they treat user’s personal data. One of the first must-watch of 2018.
Since the movie will premiere worldwide on the March 29 it is too early to share box-office results. But, as stated by Variety, Ready Player One can easily aim to a 40 million dollars opening weekend. Not bad for a start.
In the original novel, there is a mention to Steven Spielberg, but the director declared he removed any reference to himself in the movie. A humble move for a 3 times Oscar winner.