Ready Player One dropped at the box office, sending nerds and nostalgia fiends of all backgrounds warping to the closest theater, and leaving moviegoers with an intricately and visually satisfying experience that compliments the engaging plot.
Directed by Steven Spielberg, and inspired by Ernest Cline's 2011 science-fiction novel of the same name, the story takes places in a dystopian 2044 and follows the exploits of protagonist Wade Watts as he searches for an Easter Egg in a VR (virtual reality) world. The Easter Egg itself is the sought after by many, as the one who possesses it will inherit the game creator's limitless fortune.
Ready Player One does an amazing job of capturing and reawakening in many the nostalgia and best parts of being a nerd in the eighties and nineties, while connected the past to the present through focusing on many real-world issues that plague society.
The most obvious example of this is the rapid deterioration of the Earth; both within the movie and real life. To escape the turbulent reality, many often seek comfort in the enticing world of fantasy, be it video games, comics, anime, manga, and so forth.
Something fans of the book are sure to appreciate is the smooth transition of those social observations from the novel and to the big screen. Many critics and reviewers sang high praises of the impressive and progressive conveyance of said issues through tongue-in-cheek humor and brilliant commentaries that are about as subtle as a brick to the head.
But, can we talk about the music?
The best part of watching the movie was watching it among fellow nerds. The theater was packed with people enthusiastically pointing out just about every geeky reference that appeared on the screen (and usually doing so with some kind of profanity involved).
This movie is also awash with more pop culture references than you can shake a joystick at to where it's almost overwhelming, but in the best way possible. There's nothing like the experience of seeing iconic characters from the past meet head-on with the beloved heroes and heroines of the present.
I guarantee if you are a nerd of any capacity, you'll enjoy Ready Player One (and the book!) for the nostalgically wild ride it is.