A Brief Escape into the Oasis in Ready Player One

By Cher Cabula-Mendoza - Thursday, April 05, 2018

The Unofficial Ready Player One Music soundtrack playlist blaring from my speakers courtesy of Spotify puts me in the mood as I write this movie review. Sorry that it’s coming out late even if we’ve just gone through a Lenten Holiday. Sadly, the DSL connection at my mom’s house is STILL crawling at a snail’s pace (what’s up with that PLDT?!). Anyway, bear with me as I once again take advantage of the little breather I have from my day job and spare time before I head out to the gym. Oh yes, I’ve been diligently going to the gym for a month!
As you may already know by now, Ready Player One is getting some pretty rave reviews all over. I was one of the fans of the book who sincerely rooted for the success of this film adaptation. Good thing Mr. Steven Spielberg didn’t fail us. I seriously hyped this to my husband who thoroughly enjoyed the movie. I guess it’s the combination of 80’s nostalgia, pop culture and RPG elements that totally endeared us to this film.


Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan) was born into a world where everyone escapes into the Oasis. The Oasis is a virtual world created by Halliday (Mark Rylance) and here is where everyone re-invents themselves, spend credits for clothes, enhancements and access to game worlds that keep them entertained for hours on end. The real world is so bleak that most people lost interest in it, making The Oasis the world’s most valuable resource.

When Halliday died, he started an Easter Egg hunt within The Oasis that will grant the winner control over it, completely. For years people have tried to find it but it was Wade as Parzival who was first to the key. Soon he forms a bond with Oasis friends Art3mis aka Samantha (Olivia Cooke), Aech aka Helen (Lena Waithe), Sho (Philip Zhao) and Daito (Win Morisaki) in solving clues and getting the keys. Standing in their way are the minions hired by Sorrento (Ben Mendelsohn) and I-Rok (T. J. Miller).

I was thrilled that the movie maintained the spirit of the book and the visuals were awesome. Shifting from the real world and into The Oasis was seamless. I’m glad they made it in such a way, making you feel like you’re also a part of it. Maybe watching it with 3d glasses in an IMAX theater helped too.

I could understand why some viewers who belonged to the younger Millenial generation didn’t get the 80’s nostalgia but for the rest of us who reveled in the easter eggs from pop culture, the music and how the entire film felt like we were part of an RPG quest, it WAS bliss.
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The characters were easy to root for and the vision of The Oasis and the use of VR technology kinda gives you a glimpse of where innovations in VR realism nowadays is going to go. For me, it’s exciting in theory but also scary. Well, at least this movie (and the book! Let’s not forget about the book!) made it crystal clear how it would possibly be.

I can definitely watch it several times over without getting tired of it. I am already wishing that it’s already on Netflix so that I can binge watch whenever I can. Ready Player One is still showing in some theaters. Please do yourself a favor and watch it if you haven’t already. Definitely giving this movie adaptation five freaking stars because it REALLY was that awesome.

Ready Player One Movie Review

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 photo cher100_zpsb08016be.jpg   Cher is a practicing Filipino Interior Designer, a full-time blogger and aspiring calligrapher with a passion to discover and learn new things. Follow her on Twitter for more updates and please like her Facebook Page too, you'll find something interesting, inspiring and fun posts there daily. Check out her Mindbox for movies and lifestyle updates. If you're an aspiring calligrapher and an art enthusiast, say hello at Cher's Creative Space.

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