Welcome To The Review!
Welcome back to another review from myself, LL! Alright so this week I decided to add in a new review that focussed on an upcoming film (adapted from a novel) that I have been waiting a very long time for. It is Ernest Cline’s famous 2011 novel, called Ready Player One. This won’t contain spoilers but will instead look towards the design, creativity and image of the Comic Con trailer that was released not too long ago.
Without further ado, let’s begin.
Virtual Reality Is The Focus
To those who haven’t read the book, I suggest you do before the film comes out, purely because it is an amazing story (it has to be an amazing story, just because Steven Spielberg’s going to be the director of it). Now, what do we find out in the trailer! Well, first off, we meet a young boy (Wade Watts) living in Columbus Ohio, in the year 2045. Just from the pictures, we notice that him living in “the stacks” proves that the area isn’t all too great, and that it looks like a dystopian world. He calls his generation “the missing millions” because there is nowhere for them to go, except The Oasis. Now The Oasis is a worldwide virtual reality engine where “the limitive reality are your own imagination.”
And that was all that needed to be said in the trailer! The rest spoke for itself, amazing CGI work, countless (and I mean countless) easter eggs and references, and finally constant punching action that will draw you in for more. We notice that jobs are made in the virtual reality (shown towards the beginning of the trailer), where we see a woman dancing on a pool with The Oasis on her eyes. So instead of focusing on the dystopian world, we focus on the virtual world which has taken over, as priority.
The References Are Unreal!!!
Not gonna lie, when I saw the amount of references in this trailer I couldn’t believe they had crammed in so many. It’s exactly like the novel, in which there is an immense amount in there. However, I really hope that Spielberg and his crew stuck to the main narrative, and followed the story very accurately, as I believe the novel had a very strong plot. So allow me to tell you a few references that are VERY obvious (I really mean it, YOU cannot miss it). The main one is The Iron Giant, at 0:45 and another blatantly obvious one, for you is the Delorean from Back to the Future, seen at 0:49 and 1:42. Now I know it is the Delorean from BTTF because if you pause at the 1:42 exactly, you can spot the time console setup, that was used in the film.
But as I say, those are the easy references to spot. This two minute teaser has SO MUCH more!! You see multiple character such as Lara Croft, Harley Quinn and Deathstroke, Freddy Krueger and Duke Nukem just to mention a few. But then we see a lot of logos that are memorable. The Watchmen smiley face is quickly shown as a sticker, the Atari logo as well as the SEGA logo is placed in the trailer and The A Team’s van is also in the race line up. Trust me I could go on and on about the references but you need to see for yourself to spot them.
And here are a few references for music lovers! There are two songs used throughout this whole trailer. The more obvious one is Rush by Tom Sawyer. Now, if any of you have seen Futurama, then you would get this reference, in the fact that this same song was used in Season 3 Episode 18, where Fry ends up taking on a bunch of Space Invaders. However, my favourite reference of music was their second song choice. If you don’t recognise it then you haven’t seen Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971), as it is effectively an epic vamped up version of Pure Imagination.
What do I think of this teaser? Stunningly spectacular!! I think Spielberg has done an amazing job (so far) from creating this dystopian world (from Cline’s novel) into an action packed and gripping story. The use of camera angles and panning fit so well with the music and audio design. The CGI design and creation looks more real than I have ever seen. It reminds me, in a way, of TRON: Legacy, from how everything is so futuristic, but as I say this is more dystopian. The cast choice I think suits well, Simon Pegg would be in it, purely from his previous performances in science fiction films. Tye Sheridan suits Wade Watts character perfectly, from how I imagined him in the novel, and I’m not too sure about Olivia Cooke, but that’s purely because we haven’t seen her properly in any films… yet!!
Oh and the little tease at the end of the trailer just added the massive cliffhanger and insight as to what more could be shown in the first trailer. Not the teaser, I mean the ACTUAL trailer! I’m predicting it should be released around end of September/ beginning of October, due to the fact that the film is scheduled to be released March 30th of next year. What do I expect to see from it? Well a little bit more insight into the plot, more screen time of the other characters and a little bit of teased information of the enemy. But if you want to find out what happens then I suggest you read the book.
Well that wraps up this review, what did you think of it? Did your inner nerd and gamer love this? Or do you believe that the film could potentially flop from not following the novel? Leave your thoughts below whether they be critical or not.