Book to Movie Review: Ready Player One

A high-adrenaline race involving King Kong + Iron Giant with Mechagodzilla and Gundam in a battle scene + a movie reference to The Shining movie. What could be more epic than that. All these epic characters and movies in one movie: Ready Player One.

And I was able to finally watched the movie adaptation of Ready Player One last weekend! And it was way better that I expected it.

To be honest, I had little expectations about the movie primarily because I was not sure how the complicated and complex world and plot of Ready Player One will be translated in the big screen. I was a bit skeptical as to how all the events in the book will be summarized in a 2-hour movie without sacrificing the essence of what the book really is. Yes, I underestimated the power of human creativity and the human mind because the movie was good. So good.

Check out my book review of Ready Player One here.

How they did that? Changing some parts of the story but using the same plot and adding new characters without sacrificing the spirit of the book. I think that’s ingenious. The story in the book is far different from what was shown in the movie which was okay for me. The movie was able to retain the development of the despite despite dropping some major parts of the book. I prefer that rather than splitting the movie into two (or worst, into three) like what usually is being done to book to movie adaptations now.

Movie Info

In the year 2045, people can escape their harsh reality in the OASIS, an immersive virtual world where you can go anywhere, do anything, be anyone-the only limits are your own imagination. OASIS creator James Halliday left his immense fortune and control of the Oasis to the winner of a contest designed to find a worthy heir. When unlikely hero Wade Watts conquers the first challenge of the reality-bending treasure hunt, he and his friends-known as the High Five-are hurled into a fantastical universe of discovery and danger to save the OASIS and their world. (Rotten Tomatoes)

Rating: PG-13 (for sequences of sci-fi action violence, bloody images, some suggestive material, partial nudity and language)
Genre: Action & Adventure, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By: Steven Spielberg
Written By: Zak Penn, Ernest Cline
In Theaters: Mar 29, 2018 wide
Runtime: 140 minutes
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures

About the graphics and the special effects, I couldn’t ask for more. I was honestly impressed by how the film was able to incorporate the virtual world of OASIS and the real world with all the 80S vibe in some of the scenes. Watching the movie is an eye-gasmic treat. The colors are vibrant and the rendering of each scene was beautifully done. I was amazed how the film was able to dramatically illustrate the scene of getting the three keys, to cleverly solving the riddles and clues until the final battle leading to the ending. And that’s aside from the numerous edge of your seat scenes.

One thing that I could’ve have wanted more from the movie is more emotional resonance. I was not able to fully connect to the characters, especially to the main character Wade(played by Tye Sheridan). It’s not he’s not a good actor, I just felt like there was no enough scene that could’ve enabled me to understand him more. The other gunter protagonists, our five heroes, Art3mis (Olivia Cooke), Aech (Lena Waithe), Daito (Win Moriski), and Shoto (Philip Zao) were also not given that much frame nor background. They are unique when you see them physically but I feel so disconnected to them. Their friendship was not that established. I was only able to appreciate them in the last few scenes. They could have been more awesome if I get to know them more. I would not have mind if the movie became a little longer just to provide some solid backgrounds to their characters. I was a little bit disappointed about how the love story between Wade and Samantha was developed. It appeared to be forced as there was no growth and an incident of insta-love. I guess they really want to make the movie short that it affected the development of the characters.

Image courtesy of Warner Bros.

But overall, the movie is good and entertaining. The message of the book is still there and it was successfully conveyed to me as a moviegoer and I believe that is what’s important. That is, nothing beats the experience you get in real life. That despite the growth of technology we should still have time to go out, make friends and just basically live life.

Rating: 4/5

Have you also already watched the movie? What are your thoughts about it? Let me know your thoughts. 🙂

Watch the trailer of the movie here:

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