Film Review: Ready Player One

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    1. Sharuna Warner

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      That'll do for me. 3-D showing tomorrow. :clap:
       
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      Really looking forward to this now. :)
       
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      I hope it's got some Rush music in it :cool:.
       
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      No Rush songs, if memory serves, they are referenced though.
       
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      Interesting. I had written this off as some of the word of mouth from the US was bad, and to be frank, the trailers looked absolutely awful. Like an FMV intro from a PS2 game. I guess that's the point though, it's supposed to look like a video game, albeit one from years back.

      As for 3D, given that this is basically a roller coaster/theme park attraction rather than a movie, perhaps it makes sense. Avatar I saw the same way, although that was on a gigantic full size 1.33:1 IMAX. Normally I avoid 3D at all costs, as it just makes everything look like a pop up childrens' book, but that's probably due the horrific 3D conversion process many movies are subjected to. As this is mostly pure CG, I assume it will be "real" 3D?
       
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      Visually stunning, but all style over substance.
       
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      Thought this was a really fun movie. Feels like Spielberg cut loose, the Oasis is lavishly realised and the camera work is constantly swooping and dancing all over the place. The opening race sequence is possibly the best I’ve seen in years, it’s totally crazy. The rest of the film doesn’t top it. There’s so many nods and references, half the fun was talking about who we spotted afterwards. It’s not perfect, the script at times struggles to hide the fact it’s exposition heavy and they cram a lot in to the nearly two and half hours, possibly at the expense of fleshing out the characters but it’s hard to not get swept up in it though and it has a topical message.
      8/10
       
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      I think that’s possibly fair, but it’s such good fun and it’s heart is in the right place. It regularly made me smile.
       
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      Not a patch on the book imo
       
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      Are they ever?
       
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      I’ve not read it, I’m not hugely inclined to either, everyone I know that has, across the board, said it was crap.
       
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      The book is brilliant abd never heard any negative comments till now lol
       
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      It's not crap by any stretch of the word. One of my favourite books and audio books of all time. I recommend it.
       
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      I listened to the unabridged audio book read by Wil Wheaton and really enjoyed it - not crap imo - maybe living in the 80's helps?

      seems weird that this film is not on in my local multi plex till 28.3.18 - pacific rim uprising iS on before it in the midlands

      I think I will see it in imax 3D - maybe
       
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      The book really is huge fun. I'm hoping for the same from the film.
       
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      For those lucky enough to have already seen it, how did you rate the soundtrack? Is it a pretty good mix of 80s/90s music and Alan Silvestri's score?
       
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      I saw in 3D last night and thought it was amazing. Great Alan Silvestri score and the amount of pop culture crammed in it is staggering. Definitely warrants 2nd viewing just to see more of the pop culture you miss (and there is a lot). Speilberg did a good job of this.
       
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      Would you recommend 3D over 2D? Were the oasis scenes particularly suited to 3D?
       
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      Jaws, Blade Runner, The Shining, The Godfather...

      They weren't too bad....;)
       
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      That's a shame :thumbsdow, a bit of 2112 would have fit in nicely with the futuristic themes.
       
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      It may have just been the screen I saw it on, or the fact that I saw it straight after watching Tomb Raider in 3D and probably had a bit of eye strain, but I wasn’t very impressed with the 3D in this. I did love the film however.
       
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      There were a lot of 80’s tracks in the first half of the movie. The score was good but I’d have to see it/hear it again.
       
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      3D was just depth more than stuff in your face. I would go and see it again on imax just to try and see more of the iconic stuff in it. So much going on at once.
       
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      I've read it an it was my favourite book of last year, as it has been said previously, growing up in the 80s and playing the games referenced really helped. His other book (Armada) is pretty good as well :clap: Looking forward to seeing this.
       
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      The Shining? No chance, the film was a pale imitation of the book.
      Blade Runner? More of a "based on", than a direct book to film conversion. Especially considering the original text is rather brief.
       
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      Looking forward to this immensely. Going to a late show on April 1st. Big screen / 3d at my local Showcase deluxe. I loved the book. Bit annoyed about the reporting of the Rush references being toned down. In the book version, one of the keys is critically tied up with the Rush 2112 story so that will obviously have been reworked significantly. For a story that deeply embraces geekery at the core you would think that references to arguably the quintessential geek's band would've been preserved.
       
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      A 3-D double bill?! Couldn't quite deal with that matey. A couple of hours is pretty much saturation point for me.
       
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      This is the problem with comparing books to films. So often book readers think their beloved source material is being 'converted' into a movie, when its just the basis for a story. The degree to which a film remains 'faithful' to the novel depends on how it matches the director's vision to produce an entertaining experience. Sometimes that entails major departures. Films rarely translate perfectly as they are completely different mediums.
       
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