Ready Player One

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The main goal, or one of my main goals, this past weekend was, to see a movie with my best friend. I have to say that the Cineplex Movie Complex in Ottawa is a beautiful building. The theatre halls are smaller than the ones here in Montreal. The size of the room does not take away from the movie experience.

Casey

Some time ago, Casey Neistat encouraged us to all read Ernest Cline’s – Ready Player One because Steven Spielberg was making the movie. Let me say that I DID READ the book two times over.

If you grew up in the 1980’s … And you loved Dungeons and Dragons early on then, or you played video games in your family room, on an Atari or other gaming device, then you would have enjoyed the book.

Spielberg had A LOT on his proverbial plate to get into the movie. The cornucopia of pop culture references ran the gamut. It was an Easter Egg Paradise.

However hard I wanted to like the movie, I did like it, but I did not love it. I think this movie will go in the “I saw it once pile and that was enough for me.”

This time the book stood up, the movie did NOT …

IF you read the book, you will have issues with the film version. I did.

The continuity of the book is tossed aside for time and story telling. Character introduction could have been done better, (as in the book character introduction).

I did not like the way we are introduced to the Gunters… I did not like that they changed the story line from the book, just to embellish a love story. When in the book, the love story is protracted and is not consummated until the last page of the book.

The way the characters are tossed in together all at once, at the start of the film is wasted story telling. They DID change another story line, and IF you read the book, you will see this blatant fuck up of original story telling.

Did ALL the characters make it to the end of the book alive ???

Did the movie need the blatant love story angle from the get go, instead of the slow build up and burn of the book story ?

They ruined the book story by speeding up the story, adding story that was NOT in the book, and changed the final outcome of the story.

The movie opens with the requisite back story that leads right into the first challenge for the first key. For story purposes, they rushed right into the challenges, and they did not build them properly to maintain the continuity of the book story.

DID NOT LIKE THAT AT ALL

The Final Battle for the gunters against the sixers and the protagonist evil money grumbling corporate looser had its own story line and additional characters, as in, the corporate shill needed an evil overlord in the form of a gamer evil doer to do his bidding in the OASIS community.

THERE IS NO EVIL OVERLORD in the BOOK !!

They could have, taken the entire final sequence of the book – like take it RIGHT FROM THE BOOK, and created it. That would not have been a stretch of the imagination, to bring the movie to its climax, through the vehicle of the book story, and not some green screen computer generated BANG for your BUCK sequence.

When Wade (Parcival) leaves the Stacks, he does not go back. When the final battle takes place, the gunters are all (those who survived in the book) fighting in State of the Art Hap Tic Rigs in Ogden’s mansion in Oregon.

They don’t even touch the schools, the other world travels. The den that Parcival and H spend time in, however, H is a computer generated avatar for almost the entire movie, and the setting in inside HIS workshop. Where did they get that idea from ?

It was not in the book to begin with …

Many of the gunter group had not met prior to the final battle. And they only meet each other, one at a time, IN THE BOOK. And Parcival and Art3mis only meet (IRL) on the last page of the book. There is not all the lovey dovey film created back story of a love affair from the get go going on in the book.

The only sequence they got right was the Disco Scene. They got the music just right too, and only for one particular sequence that they lifted right out of the book and recreated it on screen correctly.

How Art3mis ends up a sixer is beyond my comprehension. Wade is the one who gets arrested in the book at IOI headquarters. And how he was arrested and escaped would have made one serious story line had the film actually followed the book, and not DEVIATED from the Book so terribly.

The whole end of the movie was LOST on me.

Taking the gunters from the original location of Ogden’s mansion and leaving them in H’s truck IN THE STACKS, opening doors and shutting doors and kissing couples …

UGH God give me strength …

Visually, the film is beautiful. The Easter Egg Quotient is off the charts.

I know this film is an homage to Pop Culture and Spielberg did his best, but it was really NOT his best, because if he remained true to the book, the film would have been an entirely different story. The story that was written, FIRST.

Not the story that was crafted Second …

Again … Even though the film was visually rich, they should have known better than to create this film and deviate so far from the book for story lines that did not exist in the book, and changing story lines to make everything look good at the end.

When the book is down and dirty and not fair at all. Character stories are important, and when you change entire story lines from the book to make the film look tight and pretty and everybody is friends and the final battle is contrived …

Well, you get what I am trying to say.

READ THE BOOK …

Sometimes the book alone is all we need for a good story.

When you crank out crap like this …

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