Ready Player One [Blu-ray]
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Ready Player One
The film is set in 2045, with the world on the brink of chaos and collapse. But the people have found salvation in the OASIS, an expansive virtual reality universe created by the brilliant and eccentric James Halliday (Mark Rylance). When Halliday dies, he leaves his immense fortune to the first person to find a digital Easter egg he has hidden somewhere in the OASIS, sparking a contest that grips the entire world.
Wade Watts is a smart but disenfranchised young man who, in the real world, doesn’t seem to have much going for him. But in the virtual universe of the OASIS, his avatar, Parzival, is confident, brave, resourceful and very skilled. In both worlds, he devotes almost every waking hour to trying to win Halliday’s contest, preferring not to 'clan up.' But he soon discovers he cannot win on his own and joins together with his friends to save the OASIS and their world.
In the OASIS, Art3mis is a legend among the other Gunters for her kickass style of play. She is tough, fearless and very driven. Her real-world identity is Samantha, who has a personal stake in seeing that the mega-corporation IOI does not win control of the OASIS.
James Halliday is the brilliant but eccentric creator of the virtual universe called the OASIS. When he passed away, he 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. Halliday’s avatar, the wizard-like Anorak, oversees the contest
Aech is Parzival’s best friend in the OASIS. He is a towering figure who is half-man/half-machine, reflecting the fact that he is a genius mechanic who can fix anything. But in the real world, Aech turns out to stand for Helen, an African-American woman who is just as loyal and as cool as her avatar and just as good a friend to Wade.
Nolan Sorrento is the head of Innovative Online Industries (IOI), the second largest company in the world. But Sorrento isn’t settling for being number two. He will stop at nothing to win control of the OASIS, which will give him virtually unlimited wealth and power. He will do whatever it takes to make sure Wade and his friends don’t beat him...just as they will do whatever it takes to stop him.
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Director Steven Spielberg’s science-fiction action adventure reveals a chaotic, collapsing world in the year 2045. Salvation lies in the OASIS, a fantastical virtual-reality universe created by the brilliant and eccentric James Halliday. When Halliday dies, his immense fortune is left to the first person who can find a digital Easter egg hidden in the OASIS. Joining the hunt is unlikely young hero Wade Watts, who is hurled into a breakneck, reality-bending quest filled with mystery, discovery, and danger.]]>
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medPG13 PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
- Package Dimensions : 6.7 x 5.3 x 0.5 inches; 2.4 Ounces
- Director : Steven Spielberg
- Media Format : 3D
- Release date : July 24, 2018
- Actors : Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn, Lena Waithe, Philip Zhao
- Producers : Donald De Line, Adam Somner, Kristie Macosko Krieger, Daniel Lupi, Chris DeFaria
- Studio : WarnerBrothers
- ASIN : B07C5FQL8M
- Writers : Zak Penn, Ernest Cline
- Number of discs : 1
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Ready Player One's movie version has the same basic premise, same characters, and to my surprise, the same messages. Having Ernest Cline cowrite the script was definitely a good move in that regard, a way to preserve the essence of the book in the midst of a remarkable number of changes. Major events in the book are often omitted from the movie. New events are added, and order of events is often different. Despite that, I had a lot of the same reactions to the movie as I did to the book.
The movie is a visual feast, but it also does a great job of addressing issues like the danger posed by corporate greed and the need for balance in one's life.
The movie appeals to the nerd in all of us in much the same way the book did, though interestingly a lot of the pop culture references have been swapped for others, I assume in some cases because of rights issues.
The relationship between Wade and Samantha is well handled. There is also an implicit comment on the problems of relationships that exist only online.
The movie is not without its flaws--no human product. That said, the good qualities far outweigh those flaws.
There's a zillion pop culture and nerd culture references, but since they make good use of ZERO, it's not actually interesting. They're banking on you going "HEY, THAT THING, I RECOGNIZE THAT HURR HURR" and patting yourself on the back in congratulations. But poorly executed nostalgia jabs do not on their own make good cinema.
SPOILERISH BITS AHEAD:
Here are a couple out of MANY examples of what I mean... You include the Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch, cool. "We love that movie," nerds say to no one's surprise. You build it up film style...and then you proceed to not use it correctly. The item is a joke item from a simple but classic movie. It isn't a long or difficult joke. It would have made the scene quite a bit better...but nope! Just the name is supposed to make the scene pop? Nah. Comedy potential, wasted. Part of the joke in the film it is from IS how to use it correctly, which this film couldn't be bothered with.
You include the Iron Giant as...a weapon? When the whole movie he was from was about him NOT wanting to be a weapon?? (He didn't even like that a deer was shot, and that's a perfectly valid thing to kill--especially in the 50s!) And then you go further and are in a massive battle...and don't use the Iron Giant's ridiculously OP weapons, his planet destroying arsenal??? "Nah, people'll be happy because he's there, not that it makes sense." Name dropping doesn't do it. People like characters and jokes because they bring something to the table. Don't bring what they brought and you might as well not try in the first place.
This is a "fellowkids" kind of thing. Just popping images or dropping names of cool things doesn't make you cool. It makes it a mishmash. USE the references. Background stuff works too, often enough, but you can't just refuse to use the vast majority of the things you paid license fees to show and talk about. An immersive online world could have worked just as well without those really bland chart-driven blinks of pop culture drops. Like, yes, we know about the Delorean. We all love those movies. But there are cars/vehicles that would've made more sense there, too.
It's cheap. It's extremely cheap. Everyone involved in the film should've known better. Everything in the film could've been done better.
I do not know what the book is like, but this film was...wonky. Pandering without actually bringing any nerdy delight to the surface (unless you ARE one of those people whose breast swells with pride just because you recognize a Gundam or a Battletoad).
It's like paying to use Charlie Brown in the movie, but...never saying classic lines (like Good Grief, never doing a classic gag like a kite getting stuck...) It's really not hard to do proper references. Even thirteen year old fanfic writers know how to do them most of the time.
This movie was just vomited up marketing checklists and charts. Nothing more.
Maybe enough time had past, or maybe it was just a solid film, but I really enjoyed it, as did my wife (who isn't particularly into gaming, but did appreciate the 80's references). I'm sure some others who read the book will nitpick and find things to complain about, but dont get it wrong, this is a well made, quality film with some subject matter that is just waiting to happen in our near future - none of it is particularly far fetched. Fun, light watch, with great references throughout (Batman, Halo, Overwatch, and many dozens more).
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Entwickelt wurde die Oasis von dem genialen, aber eigenbrötlerischen Spiele-Programmierer James Halliday (Mark Rylance), der im Jahr 2040 verstarb. Allerdings hat er irgendwo in der Oasis ein Easter Egg versteckt, und dessen Finder soll nicht nur Hallidays Vermögen, sondern auch die Kontrolle über die Oasis erhalten. Natürlich sind viele Spieler auf der Suche nach dem Easter Egg, doch bislang ist niemand auch nur in seine Nähe gekommen. Auch Wade (Tye Sheridan) und sein virtueller Kumpel Aech (Lena Waithe) sind auf der Suche danach, ebenso wie eine riesige Gruppe "Sechser", die für den Großkonzern IOI arbeiten. Dessen Leiter Nolan Sorrento (Ben Mendelsohn) ist besonders scharf auf die Oasis-Kontrolle und geht dafür über Leichen. Nachdem sich Wade, in der Online-Welt als Parzival bekannt, mit der Spielerin Art3mis (Olivia Cooke) in der Oasis angefreundet hat, gehen sie in Begleitung von Aech und einigen anderen Spielern auf Easter-Egg-Jagd - und Wade kann endlich den ersten Hinweis entschlüsseln. Das bekommt allerdings auch IOI mit...
Ready Player One ist ein Sci-Fi-Film von Steven Spielberg (Regie) aus dem Jahr 2018, das Drehbuch schrieben Ernest Cline und Zak Penn - Cline schrieb übrigens auch die Romanvorlage für den Film (die ich übrigens nicht kenne - anderenfalls wäre ich, wie das so oft ist, eventuell enttäuscht von der Umsetzung). Und wenn auf diesem der große Name Spielberg steht, dann darf man erwarten, dass es kein völliger Schrott ist. Ist Ready Player One natürlich auch nicht: Klar, in erster Linie bekommt man Popcorn-Kino, aber eben von der besseren Art. Die Story ist nicht zu komplex, bietet aber gerade so noch genug Tiefgang, die Figuren sind gut geschrieben und werden von den Darstellern ebenso gut verkörpert. Der Film hat Action, Witz, Spannung - und ein interessantes Setting. Dieses strotzt nur so vor Elementen aus der Popkultur der späten 1970er bis 2000er Jahre (am meisten sind die 80er vertreten), man kann fast in jeder Szene mal mehr, mal weniger genau hinschauen, irgendwas findet man vom DeLorean aus Back to the Future über die Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles bis zu Figuren aus den Spielen Halo und Overwatch immer. Und ohne spoliern zu wollen: Ein echter Höhepunkt des Films ist der Shining-Abschnitt - mehr verrate ich nicht.
All das zusammen sorgt dafür, dass der Film trotz seiner langen Laufzeit von über zwei Stunden niemals langweilig wird. Vor allem gegen Ende hin wird's in Sachen Wade und Samantha/Art3mis zwar etwas schnulzig, aber das lässt sich verschmerzen. Natürlich könnte man sagen, dass Ready Player One bis auf die ganze Popkultur-Nostalgie wenig zu bieten habe, aber das würde der Sache nicht gerecht werde, wie ich finde. Insgesamt gefällt mir der Film wirklich gut, die Blu-ray bietet zudem noch jede Menge Bonusmaterial - da sage ich nicht Nein.
Esta edición contiene ni más ni menos que 90 minutos de extras de varios tipos incluyendo huevos de pascua y documentales sobre la creación de la peli. El audio viene en castellano, inglés e italiano, mientras que los subtítulos están en castellano, noruego y sueco.