THE BIGGEST TRIBUTE TO POP CULTURE IN A SINGLE MOVIE!
The 29th of March, 2018, “Ready Player One” was released. I was one of the book fans that couldn't wait anymore to watch Spielberg’s new movie based on Ernest Cline’s book. So, I went to the movies and watched this surprisingly entertaining and good movie.
When I say I was surprised it's because, before watching the movie, I had read some reviews, and they weren't very good ones. However, then I watched the movie, and I was totally shocked. This was not only because of all the Easter eggs and references in the movie, but also because of the way Steven does some changes in the plot without destroying the story. This is very difficult to do because many directors try to change some details of books when doing a book-cinematographic adaptation, and most of the time the movie is just a failure. But that's not the case with “Ready Player One.”
As I've said before, the movie is based on Ernest Cline’s novel about a not-so-far future where everyone plays a game call Oasis. This is a game in which you can create and do whatever you want. Halliday, the creator of Oasis, dies and leaves three Easter eggs hidden somewhere in Oasis. Whoever finds the three Easter eggs will own Oasis. Everyone tries to find the eggs, everyone including Wade Watts, a teenager who lives with his aunt and boyfriend. He is the main character and with his friends, H, Art3mis, Daito, and Toshiro, he starts an adventure to find all the Easter eggs and save Oasis from the Sixers, who are workers of IOI, a company that wants to own Oasis, and not with good intentions like Wade and his friends have.
The movie is a huge hit and a very romantic love letter to the ‘80s. As a fan of pop culture, this movie was like a gift for me. The movie does not only include Easter eggs like the DeLorean of “Back to the Future” or Freddy Krueger (which is one Avatar in Oasis), but it also has musical references. Some examples are “Jump” (which is the song of the trailer) or “Stayin’ Alive” from the Bee Gees or a five-minute scene which shows some scenes of “The Shining.” In my opinion, this movie is highly recommended for people of my peer group and geeks, like me, who are in love with pop culture and the ‘80s.
The cast is also very talented; Tye Sheridan (known for playing Ciclope in the last “X-Men” movie, “X-Men: Apocalypse”) plays Wade, and Olivia Cooke (mostly known for playing Rachel in “Me, Earl and the Dying Girl” or Emma Decody in “Bates Motel”). Other important actors in the movie are Ben Mendelsohn, who is known for his role as Orson Krennic in “Rogue One,” and Simon Pegg, who is known for movies like “Star Trek” or “Paul.”
-Claudia Arenas, 4º ESO