‘Player One’ an action-packed adventure

By Elspeth Macnab-Stark
Times-News correspondent

   In a future on the brink of collapse, the virtual reality world of the OASIS offers an escape. When its eccentric creator dies, he hides an “Easter egg” inside the game, leaving his fortune to whomever finds it.
Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan) is the reluctant hero who uncovers the first clue and sets things in motion. And so begins a story of gratuitous action and far too many nods to 1980s pop culture that will no doubt leave your optic nerves a little fried.
Between the recent resurgence of all-things-’80s and our current world being closer than ever to the one imagined in “Ready Player One”, the movie’s release is aptly timed. It’s arguably overstuffed with references and leans too heavily on the nostalgia factor, but director Steven Spielberg did exactly what we know him for — ’80s-style, family-friendly sci-fi.
   Despite almost no noticeable character development, the story moves along at a decent pace, with enough tension to keep you entertained. High quality CGI allows for smooth transitions between the real world and the OASIS, though at times the screen was overcrowded and distracting. With the right amount of light humor and a simple plot, the movie avoids being bogged down by the inherent intensity of the sci-fi genre.
A fun-filled, action-packed romp with something for all ages — if you’re a gamer, it’s a dream come true; if you’re Gen-X, it’s a walk down memory lane; and if you’re a 14-year-old it’s just good, senseless fun. “Ready Player One” won’t be on your mind long after it ends, but it will be thoroughly enjoyable while it lasts if you can appreciate it for what it is — a solid piece of filmmaking from a legendary director, with fantastic CGI (computer-generated imagery), lovable characters, and an undeniable sense of nostalgia.

Elspeth Macnab-Stark is a high-school graduate and a Teens & 20s writer.

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