How CGI and a Bad Love Story Ruined ‘Ready Player One’

By Julia Wilson, Edited by Anthony Peyton

A few weeks ago my fellow BFS writer, Anthony Peyton, wrote a review on the new film Ready Player One. If you haven’t read it yet go check it out! In Anthony’s review he praised Ready Player One for its special effects and love story subplot, and criticized its quite mediocre acting and main plotline. While I agree with him about the acting and plotline, I definitely have some varying opinions on the special effects and love story.

Ready Player One follows Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan) as he sets out on this Easter egg hunt to win half a trillion dollars and sole proprietorship of a virtual reality world called the “Oasis”. It also has a subplot where Wade falls in love with Samantha Cook (Olivia Cooke) who is determined to win this Easter egg hunt.

My main issue with this film was the special effects. Obviously, they are all CGI and even though I am not the biggest fan of CGI, sometimes it can work. In Ready Player One, however, those special effects really didn’t work and very much distracted from the story.

The majority of the film takes place in the “Oasis”. I know that this was technically a video game and the whole concept is that you can be whatever you want to be, but isn’t the whole point of virtual reality that it at least looks somewhat real? Because the way the main characters’ avatars in the “Oasis” were done just looked so off to me. Mainly because there was this weird grid inside of them which looked almost like the animation wasn’t finished.

I think it would have been much more interesting, and easier to watch, if they had put people in suits and done practical effects. Similar to how they used dinosaur suits in another Steven Spielberg film, Jurassic Park.

Now on to why I hated the love story, and let me preface this with all of my criticisms of the plot are based solely on the film and not the book by Ernest Cline (which I have heard is very good and very different from the film). The love story didn’t work for me mostly because I didn’t really care about Sheridan or Cooke’s characters due to their lackluster acting. However, I also felt that the whole progression of their story was so cliché and predictable I just couldn’t get behind it. Not to mention that they would always choose the most inopportune times to feed their budding love, such as when they almost kiss very shortly after a tragedy happens when Wade is targeted by an evil CEO because he is winning the game (I won’t spoil what that tragedy is).

My other main criticism of this film is it did not address the state of the real world nearly enough. It barely explains how bad of a place the real world has become, and doesn’t really emphasize the fact that the “Oasis” is so important because people want to escape their real lives. It also neglects to emphasize one key part of the story which is how bad corporate corruption is.

Ready Player One did not work in many ways, including a disjointed and poorly put together main plotline, subplot, bad special effects, and mediocre acting. All of these things put together had me cringing and rolling my eyes the whole way through.


My Rating: 44%

Acting: 2/4

Cinematography:1/4

Story: 2/4

Enjoyability: 2/4

 

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