Most importantly thrives off its human interactions
The issue with mega CGI blockbusters, looking to wow from every corner and amaze one pixel at a time, is that they often do the exact opposite, forgetting the many other elements that make up a full length feature film. Ready Player One however, is different. There’s a real sense of depth, passion, and a love for popular culture scribed into Steven Spielberg’s latest epic picture.
In a downbeat world where virtual reality is the only respite from a mundane life, The Oasis supplies all of those needs. But inside the reality hides a hidden secret, and one that everyone wants to be a part of. Particularly young Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan), a teen trapped in the slums desperate to escape and make the world a better place.
With so much going on, Ready Player One becomes a whirlwind of pop culture references, each just waiting to rear its nostalgic head. Yet what these moments give, more than just a ‘look it’s a Delorean,’ is a real sense of pride and sheer effort. Much of the film relies on niche quotes and obscure items with some even progressing the main story arc. It’s great to see a film that understands its audience and panders to them.
The leads, Olivia Cooke and Tye Sheridan, are great front-runners, largely unknown names giving Ready Player One its own sense of the unknown, promoting the futuristic ideologies the film uses as its base, and making a name for themselves in the process. The pair are thoroughly engaging, and give a personal touch to a blockbuster whose contemporaries often miss as a key element.
Thoroughly enjoyable, Ready Player One shows how Spielberg absolutely still has it when creating films for the masses. It is modern and futuristic, littered with cultural references, but most importantly thrives off its human interactions. Interactions that Spielberg can absolutely weave into any film he will ever create.