A Look Back: Ready Player One

Let’s not bury the lead here, Ready Player One is an absolute treat for any Pop Culture fan. Especially if you were a fan of films from the 80’s and 90’s.


I realize that this is based off a book, which I have not read, but the the over arching story is simply an Adventure/Quest film. Very reminiscent of Spielberg’s Indiana Jones movies….Just set in the future with less Nazis….although the main villain’s company IOI is very similar to Nazis in ways…🤔 Regardless, the adventure story with a little ‘finding one’s self’ aspect makes this a movie that isn’t simply about special effects but a good hearted VERY Spielbergy film.

With that the Special Effects! WOW!

Special FX

I would say about 85ish% of the movie takes place within the fictional game world called ‘Oasis’. Because of that much of the film is CGI, which is how so many Pop Culture references are even able to show up in this film. I will say I was a bit worried about this going into the theater. I didn’t want it to feel too cartoonish or cheesy…However, I can happily say that within the first 5 minutes of this movie I was grinning ear to ear because of how beautiful everything looked.


The Score was created by Alan Silvestri who is most known for the films, Back to the Future, The Avengers, Flight, the upcoming Avengers Infinity War, as well as being Director Robert Zemeckis‘ go to guy, did a bang up job in helping give that 80s pop culture feel…which was probably simple for him being as he handled music for a few of the biggest 80’s films.

Unfortunately while the music fit…there wasn’t anything overly special about it and I felt that someone with John Williams skill could have handled Spielberg’s vision better. But that is just me being weirded out watching a Spielberg film without a score by John Williams… LOL

It’s pretty simple, go see this movie, its a fun time and if you are older than 25 or a Pop culture nerd, you will most likely get excited at all the different references and Easter eggs through-out the film

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