A Spielberg with teens in the main parts. That cannot be much, right? Of course a director of the calibre of Spielberg can make exactly what he wants regarding story, visuals, etc. so as a film, this is indeed not bad at all.
In a dystopian near future the world is a mess. People flee into a massive virtual reality game in which they can lead the lives that they wish. The creator of the game has passed away, but he had built a quest in it.
So of course we have a couple of teen game heroes trying to fulfil the challenge getting competition from a big-money-adversary who is after the same goal, but for a different reason.
The story is descent. It is full of references to 1980’ies pop-culture so the contemporary teen can watch this with his/her parents. There is 1980’ies music, film and of course computer games. This is quite amusing.
Half of the film plays in the game with animated people which are never my cup of tea. The stages and games look great (of course) and also here everything is thrown together to a mix that mostly the older among us may get an idea of, but no doubt it will enjoy the younger too.
The story has no surprises. All obligatory elements are there and the end is what it is supposed to be. Yet, I found “Ready Player One” enjoyable enough.