Published: Fri, March 30, 2018
Life&Culture | By Peggy Hughes

Will there be a Ready Player One sequel?

Will there be a Ready Player One sequel?

Hundreds of pop culture references from the 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, and recent years are featured heavily in Steven Speilberg's new film, Ready Player One. Simply answer the following question to be in with a chance to receive a goody bag containing Ready Player One items, the ideal gear to help any aspiring Gunter as they embark on Halliday's quest. When in the wake of his death, the Steve Jobs-like James Halliday (Mark Rylance) appears as his Gandalf-like avatar Anorak, a wizard who is named after a coat apparently, to announce a "Speed Racer"-like game featuring three keys, groan-worthy written clues and an Easter Egg hunt, what do you think Wade's avatar Parzival drives?" Hell, he helped create and pave the way for numerous references and characters that were in the book. The film's effects are impressive and forward thinking to a typically Spielbergian level, but the stakes at the heart of the OASIS are beset by this at its core being a video game world. The scene adds some melancholy to an otherwise victorious ending, but it also raises questions about how it is Halliday can be within the OASIS.

Shmoop President and CEO Ellen Siminoff has no known opinion on trash bag popcorn, but she did offer up this sound bite: "Book-to-movie adaptations provide a great excuse to revisit awesome books".

Ready Player One is in cinemas from today.

Thus, in the dystopian world of the year 2045, everyone straps on a pair of goggles and uses the Oasis to escape their miserable lives and seek whatever form of pleasure they desire. Although "Ready Player One" is nowhere near as memorable as "Jaws" or "Close Encounters of the Third Kind", it demonstrates that the director is fully capable of adapting to the times.

"Ready Player One looks lovely, but lacks character".

A pulsating street race in which the "Back to the Future" DeLorean squares off against, among other vehicles, 'Akira's' motorcycle proves a particular highlight while there are so many blink-and-you'll-miss-it pop culture references crammed in fans will be able to catch something new on each repeat viewing. And I'm feeling it.

In terms of narrative and movement of the plot, I was satisfied. There are more treasures in there (particularly a sequence that takes place inside one of the most notable horrors of the '80s), and I'm sure there will be no shortage of web sleuths uncovering all of the film's subtle nods, but it's best to slink back into your seat and let all those bits and pieces wash over you. And what better way to portray a conglomerate of icons we interact with every day in film than to hire the person who has created many of these characters. When you put the goggles on, it was Aech's basement or Aech's workshop or the Distracted Globe. Those hoping to see Wade quote-check his way through Monty Python and the Holy Grail - we know who you are; you're an anarcho-syndicalist commune - will have to do that on their own time.

"The first draft I wrote I had no idea".

At times, the film faces story issues. Ready Player One was produced by Donald De Line, Kristie Macosko Krieger, Spielberg and Dan Farah. It tells a universal story that its director has created to manipulate the audience - in a good way - to feel and to change. Ready Player One is a love letter to pop culture, from video games to movies, and from blockbusters like Jurassic Park to horror movies like The Shining to classics like Citizen Kane.

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