In the year 2045, the real world is a harsh place. The only time Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan) truly
feels alive is when he escapes to the OASIS, an immersive virtual universe where most of
humanity spends their days. In the OASIS, you can go anywhere, do anything, be anyone-the
only limits are your own imagination. The OASIS was created by the brilliant and eccentric James
Halliday (Mark Rylance), who left his immense fortune and total control of the Oasis to the winner
of a three-part contest he designed to find a worthy heir. When Wade conquers the first challenge
of the reality-bending treasure hunt, he and his friends-aka the High Five-are hurled into a
fantastical universe of discovery and danger to save the OASIS. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Gerry O.
comments, “This film remarkably resembles its subject. Like virtual reality, it takes you into a
world which you would never see without the gear. Like VR, it shows the future of technology.
Like VR, it has its ups and downs that can be improved upon.” Benjamin P. adds, “Ready Player
One is a delightfully nostalgic, modern-day sci-fi classic filled with Spielbergian magic.” See their
full reviews below
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Ready Player One
By Gerry O., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, Age 16
Link to Video Review: https://youtu.be/QA0tJWUxRwM
This film remarkably resembles its subject. Like virtual reality, it takes you into a world which you
would never see without the gear. Like VR, it shows the future of technology. Like VR, it has its
ups and downs that can be improved upon. Finally, like VR, Ready Player One has the potential
to either change everything or to simply bring us back to the past. Ready Player One entertains
the audience with its adventure-packed explosions that run the plot of the film and add a
surprising amount of comedy, which the actors deliver perfectly.Ready Player One’s adventure follows the quest to find an Easter Egg. This hidden object requires a lot of effort as it is hidden in the massive virtual world called The Oasis, which has aland size greater than Earth and access to multiple planets. The value of it makes it worth thesearch, as the finder gets half a trillion dollars as well as complete control of this massive onlineworld.
While many of the independent gamers fight for this egg, there is also a large corporation
fighting to make it a money-making opportunity instead of a skill-based experience. To them, the
richest should win. The race is on to get the egg and to make sure it doesn’t fall into the wrong
hands.My favorite scene is what should solidify this film’s nomination for an Academy Award in visual
effects. This scene contains a challenge that unlocks another step in finding the Easter egg. The
challenge takes place in the classic horror thriller, The Shining. Not only did I immediately love
this scene, due to its dedication to the great mind and creator of The Shining, Stanley Kubrick.,
but I love it because it visually breaks all the boundaries. Despite The Shining being a much older
film, with the sets that probably no longer exist, Ready Player One completely recreates the
setting from the film and perfectly places the characters’ avatars in that world too. Just like the
films Star Wars and Avatar, which took your breath away because of ahead-of-their-time visuals,
this film and specifically this scene does as well.Ready Player One excels at bringing the visual world that Ernest Cline describes in the book to
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The surroundings and the story are packed with references to different movies,
comic books, games and TV shows. It would take months of constant replay to catch every little
detail, which defiantly will delight the fans that are craving nostalgia. The CGI really is what
makes this movie stand out. Despite it being branded as live action, it has more runtime in the
completely animated environment than it does in live action. However, these visual scenes do not
 look like the standard animation of Pixar. They look and feel, unmistakably like real life. In a
way, Ready Player One fails to portray a virtual world, because it looks so real. The acting has its
ups and downs. Inside the Oasis, where acting relies primarily on voiceover and basic body
movement, it excels. Outside, where the actors are left to the task completely on their own, they
feel rather flat and somewhat monotone.
The romance that runs throughout the story feels somewhat forced, partly due to the acting and partly due to the story. Interestingly enough, the romance feels more natural in the virtual world, than it does in the real life. The score of the film is one of the many pleasant surprises. Without the video, the score would still leave audiences satisfied. It does not quite reach the masterful skill of John Williams, but Alan Silvestri, known for his soundtrack for the Back to the Future series, creates beautiful harmonies that sound
incredible.The book and film differ quite a lot in a positive way. While the book (one of my favorites) is a joy to read, in many ways it would not translate well into a film. For that reason, while the main story
barely changes, the actual events are structured much better for the movie and make it much
more interesting. Instead of watching a person playing a game, the viewer is offered an
opportunity to watch someone jump over zombies in a ballroom. The book has mainly 80s
references, but the film mixes it up much more to include references from the games and movies
that became popular in the last few years, which really allows the nostalgic adults, as well as the
kids, enjoy the film.Even though the messages and possible future is shown in Ready Player One should be shownto kids, there are some things that are a bit mature. For that reason, I recommend this to ages 10
to 18. Despite some issues with acting, it makes for a great adaptation of the book while keeping
important messages in place. The biggest accomplishment would be the mass scale of the lifelike
CGI that truly makes you believe you’re in the virtual world of the Oasis. I give this film 4 out of 5
star
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By Benjamin P., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, Age 12
Link to Video Review:https://youtu.be/Hb9h1O3lPs4
Ready Player One is a delightfully nostalgic, modern-day sci-fi classic filled with Spielbergian
magic.Based on Ernest Cline’s bestselling book, Ready Player One follows Wade Watts, a teen living in
dystopian Columbus, Ohio in the year 2045. Like much of the population, Wade plays the OASIS,
a multiplayer game in an expansive virtual world created by the eccentric James Halliday (Mark
Rylance). When Halliday died, he told players he left a hidden Easter egg that will win control of
the OASIS and his shares in his company Gregarious Games. A malicious corporation called IOI
wishes to turn the OASIS from an imaginative escape to an ad-filled wasteland. Wade’s avatar
Parzival teams up with his friend Aech, his crush Artemis and a pair of best friends named Shoto
and Daito, to take down IOI by finding the egg before the company does and foil its evil agenda.
Ready Player One, true to the book, is full of 80s pop culture references from Halliday’s early life
and his icon status. At the same time, much of the film takes place in the video game and is
visually vibrant and futuristic. Steven Spielberg brings the OASIS to life very well. He sneaks in
visual gags from Robocop to Street Fighter. The OASIS has an insane color pallet that totally
matches the idea of what that virtual world is. There is a lot of CGI used, but it is necessary to tell
the story and the characters’ avatars look very realistic.
As a huge fan of the book, this film adaptation still holds up for me. Quite a bit of what happens in
the book is different on the big screen, but fans should not despair because the film remains true
 to the book’s main themes. This film is also very funny. The entire ensemble gets great one-
liners. This is refreshingly different from typical sci-fi and it makes the ride through Ready Player
One even more fun.I give Ready Player One an age rating of 11 to 18 for some language and heavily implied
violence. Older kids and adults will enjoy the film’s crazy visuals.
I rate Ready Player One 4.5 out of 5 stars. This film is excellent and I recommend it for anyone
who is a fan of anything pop culture. Whether it is music, film, video games or anime, Ready
Player One has something for you. This film opens in theaters March 29, 2018 so check it out.
All photos courtesy of Warner Bros Pictures.

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