I’m under orders that some time between now and the release of Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One, I need to have read the book it’s based on. Also, if you’re a fan of any major 80’s beloved bit of nostalgia, you do too.
Set in the grand old year of 2045, Ready Player One sees the planet close to meeting its end and everyone seeking refuse in the OASIS, a virtual reality universe built by James Halliday (Mark Rylance) where your greatest fantasies can be brought to life.
Shortly after Halliday’s death, the creative genius leaves behind a message that he’s hidden an Easter egg deep in the world he’s built and the first one to find it will win his entire fortune. Naturally, the hunt is on for the secretive trinket and the films hero Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan) sees himself in with a chance of discovering the Easter egg as much as anyone else.
Following on from his already award-sniffing entry of 2017, The Paper, Ready Player One will see Spielberg return to some of the classic movies of the 80s, including ones that he had a part in making. Your eyes aren’t playing tricks on you; that is most certainly the DeLorean from Back to the Future sprinkled in between scenes of Chucky from Child’s Play.
Not only that, but there’s also a few more recent nods that the kids of today will recognise, as the likes of Street Fighter’s Ryu and Chun-Li are fighting alongside Tracer from Overwatch. Add in the extra talent of the likes of Ben Mendelsohn, Olivia Cooke, T.J. Miller and Hannah John-Kamen and the music is being handled by Back to the Future’s own Alan Silvestri and this is going to be an adventurous nerdgasm of epic proportions.
Let me know what you think of Ready Player One in the comments below and prepare to press start when it arrives in cinemas March 30, 2018.