Ready Player One

Steven Spielberg’s empty sci-fi epic Ready Player One takes place in a 2045 so dystopian that people spend all their time under headsets, inhabiting a virtual reality known as OASIS. The hero, 18-year-old Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan), lives in Columbus, Ohio, in a slum made of stacked-up trailers, so you can’t blame him for focusing on his virtual life, where he commands an avatar named Parzival and tries to win an Easter egg hunt embedded in OASIS by its mysterious creator, James Halliday (Mark Rylance), that will grant the winner half a trillion dollars and full ownership of the invented world. Ready Player One is a gamer’s wet dream, its characters engaging in various contests that further the plot, and OASIS is jammed to the gills with pop-culture references. King Kong, Mechagodzilla, R2-D2, the Joker, and Chucky from the Child’s Play movies all put in appearances, and among the autos tearing around are the classic 1960s Batmobile, Speed Racer’s Mach 5, and the souped-up DeLorean from Back to the Future. Continue reading>>