Everyone suggested that I watch this movie because I’ve been obsessed with pop culture my whole life. But I honestly had no interest watching it. To me, it felt like they were just trying to cash grab the whole nostalgia trend.
I just watched it, and I have to say… Of course they did! They’d be dumb not to!
Instead of just throwing every single nostalgic pop culture they could afford into an incoherent non-story like I was fearing, it was honestly one of the most coherent and interesting stories I’ve seen in awhile.
To me, it felt like a cross between The LEGO Movie, Assassin’s Creed (the games, I have yet to see the movie, but I’m sure it’s the same concept), Infinity War (at least during the epic battle near the end, and how it ends), and finally Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (especially how the movie ends). I don’t know if that was the intention, but that’s the vibes I got from the film. Believe me, those aren’t bad comparisons, and I totally mean that in the best way possible.
Especially the Assassin’s Creed element. It takes place in the present, and you use the Animus to go to a realistic game world, and you’re on the run from Abstergo, and even corporation. In Ready Player One, Wade puts on a headset to go to a game world, and is eventually on the run from IOI, and evil corporation.
In The LEGO Movie, the main character meets a tough girl with purple hair, and the two of them end up teaming up to take down the corporation.
In RP1, the main character meets a tough girl with purple hair, and the two of them end up teaming up to take down the corporation.
Again, not saying this to put the movie down. Even something as original as Inception has the same plot as a Donald Duck comic strip. Everything is inspired by something else. That’s not a complaint, just an honest inevitability.
I highly recommend everyone watch this film. Considering I didn’t think I’d like it, I ended up getting excited at several moment, and literally cheering when certain characters appeared.
I only have two complaints. The Iron Giant has a war mode that they never used. During the battle at the end I was expecting him to change, but he never did. The other thing is the Holy Hand Grenade. It’s from one of the funniest moments of Monty Python and the Holy Grail. In the scene, they made a big deal about having to count to three before throwing. Wade pulls the pins, then throws it. If they’re going to include a reference like the Holy Hand Grenade, they should get it right!
But honestly, that’s just a nitpick. The movie as a whole was amazing.