“People come to the Oasis for all the things they can do, but they stay for all the things they can be.”
- What is this movie about?
When the creator of a virtual reality world called the OASIS dies, he releases a video in which he challenges all OASIS users to find his Easter Egg, which will give the finder his fortune.
- Why should you watch it?
One of the most expected movie finally came out. Based on a book of the same name, the original source for the movie had many challenges for the director, but we can openly say that Mr Spielberg has done a brilliant job with his work!
It’s not always easy adapt a book into a movie and less easy is to adapt a book that takes place mostly in the virtual word and even less a story that has many, many geeky references as does this book, mainly from the 80s. So, in addition to having to keep one true to the original source, one may have to deal with copyright matters, but this is not the case as in this movie we get plenty of references and Easter eggs that will make us watch it again at home and keep pausing the movie to catch them all, like a Pokémon master!
There are some differences between the book and the movie (obviously) and some are important: like the two first challenges that are completely different, but this was made to keep on with the movie path and not slowing it down, which is something that is really appreciated as through the whole movie we keep going on forwards and the pace doesn’t slow down for a bit. There are some other details that are changed, how some characters met or how that coin appears (I am still missing the PAC-MAN moment) but still, this is a great movie to enjoy with your family and friends.
When you have finished watching it, you’ll just want to go and play with your old Nintendo. Are you Ready Player One?
- Did you know?
– “Ready Player One” is a phrase from the days of classic video games.
– Oasis is actually an acronym. It stands for Ontologically Anthropocentric Sensory Immersive Simulation. This is mentioned in Ernest Cline’s source novel but not mentioned in the film.
– The film is directed by Steven Spielberg who is referenced (along with some of his movies) in Ernest Cline’s source novel. Spielberg had stated that he would remove these references, although some like the Delorean and a Tyrannosaurus Rex do appear.
– Halliday’s Oasis alter-ego name is “Anorak.” Although in American English the word “anorak” refers exclusively to a type of hooded jacket or parka, in the UK the word is also a slightly derogatory slang term for a person Americans would call a “nerd” or a “geek”: someone with an obsessive and comprehensive interest in a particular aspect of pop culture, a hobby, or a specialty or niche subject. This level of obsessive fandom is the entire point of the Halliday character and his creation of the Oasis.
– The film includes characters from pop culture staples of the 1980s and 1990s, including The Iron Giant (1999), TRON (1982), Akira (1988), The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001), Back to the Future (1985), A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984), Tomb Raider (1996), and Duke Nukem (1991).
– The spell cast to use the Orb Of Osuvox is from the movie Excalibur. In modern Irish it’s, “Anáil nathrach, ortha bháis is beatha, do chéal déanaimh.” Which means,”Serpent’s breath, charm of death and life, thy omen of making.”
– The Holy Hand Grenade used in the final battle is a callback to the Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch from Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975).
– Besides the obvious Bigfoot, Delorean, and Akira vehicles, other notables in the race were the Mach 5, Batmobile, A Team van, V8 Interceptor, and Christine.
– The last rifle spawned by Artemis is a Lancer Assault Rifle with a chainsaw bayonet from the Gears of War games.
– During the scene inside the shop, in the background you can see the flying RV from Spaceballs, and also Ripley’s mech suit from Aliens.
– The semi-truck blocking the road in the middle of the opening race is the truck driven by Jack Burton (Kurt Russell) in “Big Trouble in Little China” (1986)
– A passage from the source novel describes Wade’s obsession and “research” of Anorak’s Almanac, Halliday’s journal chock full of references to 1980s books, movies, TV shows, music, and video games. One of the filmographies that Wade studied from the Almanac was Steven Spielberg.
– The “Zemeckis Cube” is actually a Rubik’s cube, an homage to Robert Zemeckis as is the use of Wade’s Delorean in the Oasis.
– The start up screen for the Oasis is very similar to the Start Screen to the Nerve Gear From the Anime Sword Art Online, with Colors flying toward the viewer and the Logo appearing. Sword Art Online has a very similar concept to Ready Player One, but it is unclear if this was a reference or just a coincidence.
– The ship that Daito jumps out towards the end of the film is Serenity from the TV series Firefly.
– Family Ties (1982) was a major influence on Ernest Cline whilst writing the book.
– The producers attempted to secure the rights to include several references to Star Wars(1977). Disney, the actual owner of the franchise, allowed it but Steven Spielberg chose to downplay the Star Wars connections because that franchise was in the midst of its sequel and spin-off series.