Published: Fri, March 30, 2018
Culture | By Antonia Gonzales

Ready Player One Cast Talk Steven Spielberg And Their Predictions For Mankind

Ready Player One Cast Talk Steven Spielberg And Their Predictions For Mankind

The US Forest Service (Unplug!) and the NFL (Play 60) have better campaigns for this goal, and you would think the man who invented a game space where so many have wasted their lives would be held to account.

In this world, orphaned Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan) is a veteran gamer, escaping the reality of life with his aunt and her various abusive boyfriends. People are either rich beyond the dreams of Croesus, or existing in a polluted miasma of chronic underemployment and spiritual redundancy. Wade's avatar is called "Parzival" and, in the Oasis, he's on the quest for the greatest easter egg in history.

Synopsis The film is set in 2045, with the world on the brink of chaos and collapse.

"Ready Player One" (Warner Bros) - Catholic News Service classification, A-III - adults. This is a movie for your inner pop-culture fan. Players from around the world meet, form clans and make friends or enemies of each other. But you'll also enjoy this nostalgic trip all the more. Sole ownership of the OASIS is the ultimate "Easter egg" prize to whoever can complete a series of almost impossible quests to find three keys in a VR trove of the "80s popular culture - Atari 2600 VCS, Stephen King, Back to the Future - on which Halliday grew up".

Wade is a serious egg-hunter ("Gunter"). Ben Mendelsohn as the big, bad Sorrento is properly buffoonish, while T.J. Miller offers sound comic relief as a digital assassin who takes things much too literally.

A lover of '80s and '90s pop culture, Halliday steeped his virtual-reality world with nods to gaming, movies and comic books.

Steven Spielberg arrives at the world premiere of "Ready Player One" at the Dolby Theatre, March 26, 2018, in Los Angeles.

One could read the beats that jar the tone of the movie as hints that Spielberg trails about, leading those in the know toward an Easter egg of a buried narrative about the dangers of mass cultural escapism - something he himself has contributed to in no small part. There will be dozens of others of course, but those are the ones I jotted in my notebook.

In truth, that's exactly what Ready Player One is, but director Steven Spielberg found a way to let the charm shine through the clutter, delivering one of the most enjoyable movies of the last few years. And pop culture geeks will be geeking out for years over the references tucked away in odd corners; I spotted a poster for Mayor Goldie Wilson, and was sent scrambling to YouTube to reacquaint myself with a 35-year-old Tootsie Pop commercial.

It's driven by a streamlined story, a dizzying array of visual effects (the first film I can remember that largely looks like a video game but kept me absorbed for more than two hours) and some exceptional performances.

This film, at its best, is a candy-coated blast of movie-going nirvana. The actual sequence in which he is mentioned occurs in passing in the book (and this is not a spoiler because it was excised from the Spielberg movie).

The film contains some intense violence with gore, much stylized mayhem, brief sensuality and partial nudity, one use of profanity and occasional crude language.

Ready Player One gets a 78% certified fresh from Rotten Tomatoes. What could be perfectly compact scenes become moments that you make you scratch your head, wondering, "Did we really need that?"

Ready Player One stars Olivia Cooke and Tye Sheridan tell us what it's like being in a Spielberg film.

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